It happens every year behind very firmly closed doors. Today users of The Shetland Times website can view the building of the 2012 galley Per Ardua, courtesy of photographer Chris Brown who has created a time-lapse video.
Chris set up a small camera in the Galley Shed back in October when construction began and set it to take shots of up to 100 every night work was taking place, with time intervals of one to two minutes.
The result, made up of more than 3,500 images, is an impressive fast-forward style chronicle of the building of the galley plus the creation of the head and tail by Guizer Jarl David Nicolson – the 12th and final time he has done the job – and the making of the torches.
Chris said he had had a lot of fun making the video. “This lot are crazy,” he said. “The galley and torch boys have been great and the Jarl’s Squad incredibly patient.”
Per Ardua derives from the motto of the Royal Air Force, which Guizer Jarl David Nicolson served in, Per ardua ad astra, Through adversity to the stars or Through struggle to the stars. Viewers will note the temporary appearance of green and white stripes, representing a football team not supported by the jarl.