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A Lerwick Lifeboatman's Story
George Leith
The history of the Lerwick lifeboat station, the lifeboats, the dedicated volunteer crews, the personalities and the courageous rescues have been recorded by George Leith together with many personal reflections in this book.
Our price: £14.00

Blockade 1914-1918 How Shetland won the War
Ian Tait
Although the title is intentionally whimsical, Shetland's contribution to the war was similar to every country, in that it was a source of manpower, but in a special way the islands (as opposed to people) played a far more crucial role in the war - of international strategic stature.

Our price: £5.00

Born a Beachcomber
Steve Mathieson
Born in the last year of the Great War on a croft in the north of Unst, Shetland, Thomas Mathieson grew up in a way of life that hadn't altered significantly in several centuries. Like thousands of Shetland boys before him, Thomas dreamed of escaping the hard toil of the croft for the romance of life at sea and the chance to visit exotic and mysterious lands.
Our price: £12.99

Kindly Folk and Bonny Boats
Gloria Wilson
This book provides a pictorial appreciation of the boats and fishing communities of Scotland and north-east England from the 1950’s to the present, making use of Gloria Wilson’s unique collection of photographs. From attractive Scottish wooden-hulled craft to recent steel boats, and with many shore scenes including Mallaig herring port, Peterhead harbour reconstruction, fish auctions and fishermen, net-mending and boat building, this book offers a glimpse into a glorious bygone age.

Our price: £12.99

Passage to the Northern Isles: Ferry Services to Orkney and Shetland 1790-2010
Miles Cowsill and Colin Smith
This book documents the history of the Northern Isles ferries, from the Leith & Clyde Shipping Co. of the 1790's to the NorthLink vessels used today. This is a very detailed title and contains a wide range of photographs of various vessels which have run between the isles over the years.
Our price: £16.00

Scotland and the Sea
Nick Robins
Scotland’s maritime heritage is unparalleled – for a century the greatest ship building nation on earth, and the home of engineering, ship owning and entrepreneurial skills that drove the British commercial and political empire. This remarkable story is revealed for the first time in Scotland and the Sea.
Our price: £19.99

Scottish Fishing Boats
James A. Pottinger
Scottish Fishing Boats covers the fishing history of the areas of North-east Scotland, the West coast and Shetland. Topics covered include miscellaneous types from today and the past, pursers, smaller craft, visiting boats and boats which were lost to sea or have been scrapped. A number of older boats are included to illustrate shapes and designs, which are often held to retain a measure of character and individuality perhaps not as prevalent today.
Our price: £14.99

Shetland From the Sea
Dick Koopmans
Dutch yacht designer Dick Koopmans and his wife Elly have sailed to Shetland regularly since 1982, often direct from their home town of Lelystad in the Netherlands. In their yacht, they have sailed to more than 36 different countries. As a result, Dick has painted more than 200 paintings in oil and watercolour.

Our price: £10.99

Shetland's Heritage of Sail
Charlie Simpson
In Shetland’s Heritage of Sail Charlie Simpson tells the story of the technology that shaped Shetland’s history. 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.
Our price: £9.99

Shetland's Whalers Remember
Gibbie Fraser
When Salvesen pulled out of whaling, so ended an era for the men whose living it had been. They scattered far and wide and now, almost 40 years later, many have passed away.
At a Whalers’ Reunion in Brae one night Gibbie realised that ex-whalers are becoming a rare breed and so the idea for this book was born. The stories give an insight into the different jobs that made up a whaling expedition and is an historical record of the men and a job that was so important to Shetland’s economy at that time.
Our price: £14.00