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Scenes of Orkney (clip)

A pre-war Nazi boat arrives at Kirkwall

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An amateur film recording various local events in Orkney. This clip features footage of a launch bearing the German Nazi Swastika with passengers arriving at Kirkwall from a German cruise ship.

Questions & Activities


  • What is the emblem on the flag and what does it represent?
  • Why do you think a German cruise ship visited Orkney?
  • What is signficicant about the date of the film in relation to the Second World War?
  • The 1930s was an era of economic depression, who do you think might have been on the cruise ship?


Geography: Chart a possible route of the German cruise ship from a German port to Kirkwall, taking into account stops on the way of interest to tourists.

German / Media Studies: Create a tourist film to attract German tourists to Orkney today.

Art and Design / Technologies: Design a cruise ship for today's passengers taking into account leisure interests but also size, weight, height, depth and structural design of the ship.

English: Write a story about one of the German tourists being a spy. What were they trying to find out? (You could watch the 1939 film of 'The Spy in Black' or read the book by Joseph Storer Clouston as a reference).

Art and Design / German: Design a tourist map of Orkney for German tourists. Photograph or draw some of the historic sites of interest to include on your map.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-353-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 2801
Date 1935, 1937
Genre Amateur
School Subject English, Modern Languages, German, Technologies, Art and Design, Geography
Who John Stout (filmmaker)
Where Orkney, Kirkwall
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 1:00
Film Length 08:26