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St. Magnus   45 comments

I spent 3 days in Kirkwall waiting for a boat a while back and as I have just done a few posts about the Shetland Islands I thought I better include the Orkney’s, this is St.Magnus Cathedral which dominates the skyline of Kirkwall, the main town of Orkney, a group of islands off the north coast of mainland Scotland. It is the most northerly cathedral in the British Isles, a fine example of Romanesque architecture built for the bishops of Orkney when the islands were ruled by the Norse Earls of Orkney.

It is owned not by the church, but by the burgh of Kirkwall as a result of an act of King James III of Scotland following Orkney’s annexation by the Scottish Crown in 1468. It has its own dungeon.

Its construction commenced in 1137 and it was added to over the next three hundred years. The first Bishop was William the Old, and the diocese was under the authority of the Archbishop of Nidaros in Norway. It was for Bishop William that the nearby Bishop’s Palace was built.

Before the Reformation, the Cathedral was presided over by the Bishop of Orkney, whose seat was in Kirkwall. Today it is a parish church of the Church of Scotland.

 

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Sneaky shot of the inside.

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Front door surround has seen better days, love those hinges.

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My Biggest Fan   13 comments

No not my Mum! this thing. Anyone guess what it is before I tell you? No it’s not a(insert your guess here). It is actually an undersea turbine that we installed just off the Island of Eday which is part of the Orkney Islands.

The idea is when the tide goes out it turns one blade and when the tide comes in….you got it, yeah it turns the other end generating electricity.

Now this wasn’t the first attempt at this, Rolls Royce built one and tried to install it in the same place, that one is still sitting on the dockside after a number of years, another company tried and failed miserably. The thing is, the tide is so strong, it has to be for this thing to work which of course makes it a challenge to put it on the seabed, you need a very powerful boat with a crane and two ROV’s and you still can only do the job between the tides, thats about two hours max. So after installing the base and counter weights(not pictured) in the exact position and heading it was time for the top, this went as smooth as the rest and the job was complete in just 7 days, that’s 14 ebb tides and that’s a record.

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