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Burnwick, Lifeboat Station View from W showing WNW front of lifeboat shed and seaweed tangles drying

SC 459500

Description Burnwick, Lifeboat Station View from W showing WNW front of lifeboat shed and seaweed tangles drying

Date 30/4/1976

Collection John R Hume

Catalogue Number SC 459500

Category On-line Digital Images

Scope and Content Drying seaweed, Burwick, South Ronaldsay, Orkney Over many centuries seaweed has been used for a variety of purposes, as manure, as food, burned to form kelp as a source of soda and iodine, and as a source of alginates, used in the food industry as a thickener. This view shows seaweed stems, collected from the beach after storms, drying in heaps to make them saleable to a processing company. This was a source of additional income for the local farmer/fishermen. Burwick lifeboat station is also visible. Alginate Industries had in the 1970s plants near Oban and near Girvan where the washed seaweed stems were boiled with caustic soda to form a solution of sodium alginate. Addition of hydrochloric acid precipitated alginic acid, a saleable product. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

External Reference H76/25/16

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/collection/459500

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