As the sun went down on the previous day in Kirkwall bay it left a red sky behind which stayed with the Lord Nelson until just after 4am.When the dawn broke the sky remained red as the sun appeared further around to the east.
By 8 am the voyage crew were all up to see the magnificent sight of the Orkneys bathed in the morning sun, followed by a full breakfast.
Today is one for exploring the island and helping the Bosun with a few maintenance jobs.
The distillery on the island was the first port of call for some to discover the secret of making Highland Whiskey, known to be the best in Britain.
The Orkney's offers a lot of history of our past as many valuable architectural sites are discovered on the island.
The Mine Howe, east of Kirkwell has baffled the excavators to its origin and purpose. It is thought to be older than the Pyramids of Egypt. The only war relic to be found of the Italian camp 60 on Orkney is an Italian Chapel. Several hundred Italians from the North African campaign were sent to the Orkney's to work on the Churchill Barriers, a massive series of concrete causeways to seal the eastern approaches to Scapa Flow.
The evening of the 16th approaches and it promises to be another beautiful sunset. The easterly wind has picked up and gusting 20 knots.
Harry FWD PORT,Carol MP