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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

An Eye To Windward
Robert W. Gear

Between 1945 and 2000 Shetland's pelagic industry was utterly transformed.

The remarkable success story is described and explained here for the first time. Archival sources have been drawn upon, alongside many hours of original interviews with fishermen and others directly involved in the fishery. Collections of original maps, plans and photographs have also been analysed, and select images are reproduced to tell this unique story of fisheries development.

Our price: £14.99

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

Into the Southern Ocean
Andrew Halcrow

This remarkable story told in plain seaman's language recounts the two trips made by Andrew Halcrow on his bluewater yacht, the Elsi Arrub. It is a tale of courage and endurance, which ultimately ends in failure. But dares us to follow our dreams.
Our price: £15.99

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

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 and the Great War
Linda K. Riddell
The Great War was a global disaster whose social and political repercussions are still being felt today. Its impact on the people of Shetland is, however, much less well known than that of World War II and this book remedies that disparity. It shows that the experience of Shetlanders was varied, having much in common with that of the people in the UK and elsewhere, but also features which were specific and unusual.
Our price: £25.00

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