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“The Girl Shona”
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“The Girl Shona”

“The Girl Shona” sailing into the west harbour just after launch for a two week final fit out and sea trials as all boats did. Note the entrance to King Street on the far right - the building to the left of that used to be McGruther & Marshall offices and was later taken over by J P Knight; it is now owned by Global. To the left of that behind the boat is the old fire station.

Launched 23rd August 1972, “The Girl Shona” - 40’ long, Larch on Oak, for Flet, Stromness, Orkney.
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I remember a bench where the pensioners sat just outside and to the right of the large door of the NAAFI building. You can just make it out and the larger version shows it more clearly.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 04 February 2016
Did Custom and Excise use that building as well?
Added by Gordon Will on 07 February 2016
Hi Gordon, not sure if customs were located there or in the Harbour building across the street.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 07 February 2016
Gordon see picture #1447, shows customs.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 07 February 2016
There was an entry from King Street and an interior flight of stairs up to the Customs and Excise office on the first floor. The ground floor offices were occupied by Bremner, Rose & Benson, latterly McGruther & Marshal, who operated a coal delivery and shipping agency business.
Both floors at the west end of the building were dwelling houses.
Added by Ronald Stewart on 10 February 2016
Anyone remember the name of the Customs officer who was there for years? He lived near the swimming pool. He used to take great delight in updating his ledger with the information from Merchant Navy certificates.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 15 February 2016
Hi Eddie, I think his name was Donnie Fraser, he lived opposite the lane on the east side of Oakes Villa, as you say he was there for years, a very nice man, I think he moved to Inverness possibly some time in the early '70s.
Added by Eddie Malicki on 15 February 2016
Was he called Fraser?
Anonymous comment added on 15 February 2016
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