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”
Predicting what uncommon species are likely to arrive in late Spring is impossible – there are always some common species which don’t turn up and a few very uncommon species which do!
“In 1876, the first ploughing match was held in Stronsay, this being only contested by competitors of the farms of Holland and Housebay”
“Ploughing with a horse and ox with an old Orkney plough.”
At 117 feet long and with a beam of 28 feet, this three-masted ship was built to be capable of sailing through broken ice, to act as an ice breaker and also to withstand the pressures of being trapped and frozen in the ice fields as happened many whalers of that time
Here William tells of how machinery has changed over the years then goes on to recall a variety of noteworthy events
William Spence tells of his early memories of the area around the farm of Holland and of his own farming career
On 4th December 1915, at the age of 18, William Spence enlisted with the Machine Gun Corps of the Seaforth Highlanders.
“We first came across Coop, about 12 years ago, playing in Blue Rooster, with John Adams and Pete Philips. “