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The Hoy Head

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THE HOY HEAD (R5x32) 5C set Jessie Stuart

1- 8 1s and 3s lead down (2s and 4s step up on 3 and 4) and lead back up, finish in promenade hold, 1s facing 2L, 3s facing 4L
9-16 1s and 3s dance RSh reels of 3 across, dropping RH at end and turn ΒΌ LH to face 1st corners
17-24 1s and 3s turn 1st corner RH, pass RSh, turn 2nd corner RH, pass RSh to finish in 2nd/4th places own sides
25-32 1s and 3s set, cast 1 place (4s and 5s step up). All 5 couples turn RH (birl) 24153

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

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MV Hoy Head (MV - Motor Vessel/Motor Ship) is a Ro-Ro (Roll On - Roll Off) vehicle ferry operated by Orkney Ferries.

Steamship Hoy Head, built by Abercorn Shipbuilding Co. of Paisley, was launched on 18 October 1883 and sank off Cornwall on 12 November 1887.

MV Hoy Head was built by Appledore Shipbuilders in North Devon in 1994. In 2013, the ferry entered Cammell Laird shipyard to be lengthened to increase her capacity. The work involved cutting the ferry in half and inserting a newly built section amidships, as well as a general overhaul which included upgraded passenger and crew spaces, uprated engines, replacement of the steering/propulsion units and the addition of a second bow thruster.

She is the fourth vessel of the same name. An earlier one was a former naval ferry operating from Houton to Lyness. She was fitted with a 150 hp Gardener engine, but now lies derelict in Irvine harbour.

Hoy Head (III) was built in the Faroe Islands in 1973 for Shetland Islands Council, operating as Geira, between Yell and Unst. She was sold to the Orkney Island Shipping Company in 1986 and superseded in 1991 by Thorsvoe, remaining as the secondary ferry to the South Isles until the introduction of Hoy Head (IV) in 1994.

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