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Secret: Mails Ayre, Cunningsburgh, North Sea

Craft (19th Century)

Site Name Secret: Mails Ayre, Cunningsburgh, North Sea

Classification Craft (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Lk 133; Mail; Aiths Voe; Aith Voe; Secret

Canmore ID 239267

Site Number HU42NW 8009

NGR HU 431 279

NGR Description HU c. 431 279

Datum Datum not recorded


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Shetland Islands
  • Parish Maritime - Shetland Islands
  • Former Region Shetland Islands Area
  • Former District Maritime
  • Former County Not Applicable

Archaeology Notes

HU42NW 8009 c. 431 279

N60 2 W1 13.6

NLO: Mail [name: HU 431 279]

Sands of Mail [name centred HU 430 278]

Cunningsburgh [name centred HU 42 30]

Aith Voe [name centred HU 439 284].

Secret: [max. date] 1895

Drove ashore, total wreck. Formerly Lk [LK] 133 of Dunrossness

Archive Ref: GD 144

Source: Shetland Archive Service [undated]

MS/3025, no. 791.

(Classified as packet [no rig cited]: no cargo specified, but date of loss cited as 11 November 1895). Secret: this vessel was driven ashore at Mails Ayre and wrecked. Registration: Sandwick.

(Location of loss cited aas N60 2.0 W1 13.5).

I G Whittaker 1998.

The location assigned to this record is essentially tentative. Mails Ayre is not noted as such on any of the available maps. Ridley lists the wreck among those 'off Cunningsburgh District, South Mainland' and among others on the E side of the islands: a location on the North Sea coast appears probable.

Larn and Larn also locate the loss at Aiths Voe [Aith Voe].

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 4 March 2003.


Reference (2011)

Whittaker ID : 7658


Latitude : 600200

Longitude : 11330

Registration : SANDWICK


Loss Day : 11

Loss Month : 11

Loss Year : 1895

Comment : Driven ashore at Mails Ayre and wrecked


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