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Shetland's Heritage of Sail


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In this book Charlie Simpson tells the story of the technology that shaped Shetland's history.

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First published as a series of articles in The Shetland Times during the run up to the Tall Ships Races to Shetland in 2011 Charlie's tale is an eminently readable and fascinating one which will appeal to local readers and visitors alike.

It begins with the first settlers of the islands and proceeds through the viking era, the Hanseatic traders, the Dutch fisheries, the press-gang, through the haaf fishery in Shetland's open Norwegian model 'sixerns', the rise and fall of the cod smacks and the final years of the sail herring drifters.

Seafaring under sail was often a harsh life and demanded strengths, endurance and skills at which Shetlanders excelled - explaining why they were in such demand for whaling voyages and the notorious naval press-gangs.


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