Login’s Well, Stromness
This town water well was once the property of Login's Inn, directly across the street. The well provided fresh water for the ships of the Hudson's Bay Company, setting off across the Atlantic to northern Canada, where so many Orcadians found employment. The well was also used by Erebus and Terror, the two British Navy ships commanded by John Franklin, and subsequently lost in the Arctic ice whilst searching for the North-west Passage. The well was finally blocked up in 1931.
Login's Inn was the boyhood home of Sir John Login, who found fortune in India during the 19th century. He became the guardian of the deposed Punjabi Sikh Maharajah, Duleep Singh, and brought him to Britain in 1854. Sir John also orchestrated the presentation of the famous Koh-i-noor diamond to Queen Victoria, in honour of her new title Empress of India.