Kye being loaded onto the Orcadia at Rousay pier – 1975.


A series of photos I took in 1975 - Kye from Rousay and Wyre being loaded onto the mv Orcadia, bound for the Auction Mart in Kirkwall.

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Jimmy Marwick [Cogar] lends a hand to ship kye off the island

Harold Grieve [Saviskaill], and Pier Master Tommy Gibson [Brinola] (pulling); Davo Craigie [Bu]; Magnus Flaws [Castlehall]; Bryan Inkster [o’ the Cop].

Bryan o’ the Cop was working with Harold o’ Saviskaill at the time. They walked their kye to the pier, meeting up with Bruce and Hugh Mainland doing the same from Hurtiso, so they herded them all together. Bryan Inkster and his brothers John, Bob and Steven, were known as the “boys o’ the Cop”. The Cop is local for The Northern Cooperative Society. It was a movement which built stores throughout Scotland by self help. It started in Clumpy in the hill behind the School in Sourin and eventually the shop, stable, sheepy hoose and slaughter house was built at Craigerne. Bryan’s parents Jock and Dorothy ran it when he was young. The Cop eventually petered out and the Craigie sisters bought it and built the dwelling house Craigerne (get it, Bryan says?). His parents bought it in the fifties.

Harold Grieve [Saviskaill]; Pier Master Tommy Gibson [Brinola]; Magnus Flaws [Castlehall]; Bryan Inkster [Cop]; Charlie Craigie, Rusness [foreground].

Nigel Firth [Langskaill] and

Bill Flaws [Hammerfield]

In the background: Tommy and Willie Inkster [Woo/Faroe]; Bill Flaws [Hammerfield].

Bryan Inkster [o’ the Cop]; Pier Master Tommy Gibson [Brinola]; Ian Flaws [Castlehall (Hawn)]; Davo Craigie [Bu]; Willie Delday [Onzibust]; Jim Johnston [Testaquoy].

Davo Craigie [Bu];

Pier Master Tommy Gibson [Brinola].

Last to be loaded onto the Orcadia......