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About

The Orkney Historic Boat Society (OHBS) was launched in 2013.

Our Vision: To preserve the boating history of Orkney for future generations.

Our Mission: To preserve historic boats and related traditional boat building skills and crafts. To collect preserve and communicate knowledge relating to boats built in Orkney or having contributed significantly to Orkney life and to further the education and knowledge of the public in relation to historical Orkney Boats, including establishing a boat museum and workshop.

The society is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) with Charity Number SC044884.

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This website


Here the society retains information of interest in the long term. This includes information of preserved boats and their equipment. Latest News and Event information is distributed via the society Facebook page.

The society is seeking information on potential boats for gifting towards restoration/preservation and display in the established Boat Museum. To ensure the right boats are selected for potential work and showcasing, an acquisition process has been developed. Please click on this link to download the OHBS Boat Acquisition Form. This form should be completed and then sent to the OHBS for assessment.


Get Involved
You don’t have to be an expert in research or renovation to join the Society. We welcome members who share our belief in the importance of preserving and promoting Orkney’s nautical heritage and traditions. Obviously experience in boat building or renovation would be welcome but we also need folk who are happy cleaning, painting and varnishing.

A lot can be learnt about working with wood and jobs can range from transporting water, wood, coffee and tools right up to actual renovation tasks. If you want to give it a go, contact us. You are welcome to come along for one or two sessions to see if you like it, but be warned, you might end up hooked!

There are few greater pleasures than knowing that you have contributed to the preservation of Orkney’s maritime heritage.


Join the Society
Subscription Rates and Membership Type:

Individual Membership (Annual): £15.00
Junior Membership (Annual): £2.00
Life Membership: £150

Annual Subscriptions are renewed on 6th April each year. If you would like to join please click on this link to download the OHBS Membership Application Form.


Make a donation to OHBS here.


Past OHBS Newsletters are available here.


OHBS Policy documents are available on this page.

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  • For the past couple of weeks we have had a several birds nesting on the top of one of our roller doors. Fortunately we haven't needed to use the roller door so we just left them alone. This morning one of the birds had found its way inside the building and couldn't work out how […]
  • The contemporary yole Lagertha, which was donated to OHBS last year, has finally had a builders plate installed.Further research about the lifeboat from the Norwegian Motor Tanker Arne Kjøde (known to us as AKL) has turned up a couple more photographs which include the ships lifeboats. These will prove very helpful when we get around to […]
  • Nothing special occurred today, we just carried on cleaning and tidying, so a few photos of some of the boats.White Wings name has been refreshedShamrock's floor boards have been painted and refitted.
  • With the fine weather continuing many volunteers were away doing other things which left a small group to sort through the newly arrived cut timber to see what we had received.