Whalsay, Symbister, Pier House (museum)

Dock, Museum

Site Name Whalsay, Symbister, Pier House (museum)

Classification Dock, Museum

Alternative Name(s) Bay Of Symbister; Symbister Harbour; Symbister Old Harbour

Canmore ID 1344

Site Number HU56SW 10

NGR HU 53916 62400

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Shetland Islands
  • Parish Nesting
  • Former Region Shetland Islands Area
  • Former District Shetland
  • Former County Shetland

Archaeology Notes

HU56SW 10.00 53916 62400

HU56SW 10.01 53905 62416

HU56SW 52 53946 62410 Harbour View (Bremen Booth)

The bod (booth) belonged to German merchants belonging to the Hanseatic League. The Hanseatic League was a mercantile league of medieval N German towns. It came into existence gradually as the Hansas-companies of merchants dealing with foreign lands-and the cities from which they operated drew closer together as a way of protecting themselves from foreign competition and piracy. In the 13th cent. more than 70 German cities joined in treaties of mutual protection. The Hanseatic League was formally organized in 1358, and in 1370 it won a trade monopoly in all of Scandinavia. The league prospered in the following centuries but went out of existence in the 17th cent. BREMEN, HAMBURG, and LUBECK are still known as Hanseatic cities.

(Undated) information in NMRS.

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