“A couple of weeks ago, I decided I would need to do my bit to preserve one of the old Orcadian traditions and go to the spoots.”
Strictly speaking this isn’t a record of a bygone age at all, as ‘gaan tae the spoots’ is still a pastime enjoyed by a dedicated but seemingly ever decreasing group of folk, although apparently not taken as seriously as in days of yore.
“There is quite an intriguing story behind the stranding and loss of the 215 ton Canadian three-masted barque Agil almost 150 years ago and the events which followed.”
“As enthusiasm for the show gathered momentum, wood and rope was purchased to make stock pens, donations of cups for prize-winners were sought and judges found, with arrangements put in place for the ‘steamer’ to call along Stronsay with invited guests and visitors on ‘Show Day’.”
“The importance of a successful harvest and the holding of festivals to celebrate this have been going on for thousands of years all over the world”
On 2nd of February 1883, the Bremen registered barque Charlotte left Antwerp bound for New York with a cargo of pig iron, steel wire and a large number of empty petroleum casks.
” a rather strange event that occurred more than fifty years after the end of the war and the disbanding of the Home Guard.”
“One of the main driving forces in starting up the Stronsay Scouts was James Sinclair Gorie”
This is the tale of the difficulties encountered by the steam drifter Dewdrop, and the tragedy that befell some of her crew.
“Faill not to keep your sone diligent reading and wreating yt he loss not what he hes attained”