' I love the Shopping Week parade because everyoneís really happy and thereís a big party and fireworks '
Erin Mitchell, age 9
The fine seafaring heritage of Stromness drew some of Britainís most famous explorers to the town and a great many merchant ships in the days of sail.
Today, the harbour is the home port for two large whitefish trawlers, a prawn trawler, two vivier crabbers and several smaller shellfish vessels. They and others supply the Orkney Fishermenís Society. Northlink Ferries provide roll-on roll-off services to the Scottish mainland from the North Pier; and Coplandís Dock is being developed for servicing the marine renewable industry. Stromness is also a centre for training in skills needed in this new industry.
Where there are ships, there are sailors in peril, and nowhere more so than in some of the ferocious tidal waters around Orkney.