The harbour at Stromness is a busy one, yet the scenery rarely changes. The only difference from one hour to the next may be the presence or absence of the Ferry. There is a serenity about sitting and watching the activity. Never hurried. Calm and comforting.
This city is rich in history, as evidenced by blue plaques and the odd statue.
The men were hard working, adaptable and eager to learn. They were skilled at living off the land or the sea. They were known to take " Country Wives" and many had families in Canada, generally with Inuit women. The wives back in Orkney knew this yet again, this was taken in stride. Most men worked for the length of their contracts and then returned to their homeland. Those who stayed in Canada often remained in the employ of the HBC.