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Noah's Ark: Burrafirth, Unst, North Sea

Craft (16th Century)

Site Name Noah's Ark: Burrafirth, Unst, North Sea

Classification Craft (16th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Burra Firth; Noah's Ark

Canmore ID 239723

Site Number HP61SW 8009

NGR HP 617 139

NGR Description HP c. 617 139

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

HP61SW 8009 c. 617 139

N60 48.4 W0 51.7

NLO: Buddabrake [name: HP 619 142]

Burra Firth [name centred HP 620 162]

Burrafirth [name: HP 617 139].

Possibly on map sheet HP61NW.

Noah's Ark: [max. date] 1592

120 ft. fully laden. Run ashore by master owing to stress of weather. Ship and cargo appropriated by Wm. Mansone under order of Earl Patrick. Cargo of timber bound for Spain. Mansone only offered captain a nominal sum as payment.

Archive Ref: RSB; Archives SA 2/106 Shetlandic

Source: Shetland Archive Service [undated].

MS/3025, no. 217.

(Classified as ship, with cargo of timber: date of loss cited as 1 October 1592). Noah's Ark: this vessel stranded at Burrafirth, Unst. Capt. Zacharis.

Registration: Danzig [Gdansk]. Length: 37m.

(Location of loss cited as N60 50.0 W0 52.0).

I G Whittaker 1998.

The location assigned to this record is essentially tentative.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 12 March 2003.


Reference (2011)

Whittaker ID : 8052


Latitude : 605000

Longitude : 5200

Registration : DANZIG

Type : SHIP

Length : 37

Loss Day : 1

Loss Month : 10

Loss Year : 1592

Comment : Stranded at Burrafirth, Unst. Capt. Zacharis

Cargo : TIMBER


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