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Lerwick, Harbour

Harbour (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Lerwick, Harbour

Classification Harbour (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Lerwick Harbour; Victoria Pier; Breakwater; Bressay Sound

Canmore ID 1065

Site Number HU44SE 32

NGR HU 47722 41345

NGR Description Centred HU 47722 41345

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

HU44SE 32 centred 47722 41345

NLO: Lerwick [name: HU 475 415].

See also HU44SE 22 and HU44SE 33.

See also:

HU44SE 57 HU 4767 4151 Alexandra Wharf and Albert Dock Buildings

HU44SE 70 HU 4761 4165 Alexandra Wharf, Fish Processing Factory

HU44SE 72 HU 4728 4185 Hay's Dock

HU44SE 73 HU 4764 4155 Harbour Cafeteria

HU44SE 253 HU 47846 41280 Lifeboat Station (2 Church Lane)

For underwater survey areas (2005), see HU44SE 276, HU44SE 277, HU44SE 278.

Lerwick Harbour, built c. 1883. The main steamer and fish harbour (HU 477 413) has recently been reconstructed. To the N is a small basin (Hay's Dock, HU44SE 72) with wooden pawls and slip (HU 473 419), built of massive drystone rubble. Associated buildings include a 2-storey 8-bay rubble store (HU44SE 57) and a 2-storey and attic rubble ice-factory (HU44SE 70).

J R Hume 1977.

The ill-defined area of Lerwick Harbour essentially forms an extensive roadstead which comprises the waters of Bressay Sound between the narrow Northern entrance (around HU 475 445) and the broader Southern entrance (around HU 483 400). The main facilities are to be found around HU 477 414, on the W side of the Sound; recent development extends Northwards from this point.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 5 October 2007.


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