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Unknown: Sumburgh Head

Craft (13th Century)

Site Name Unknown: Sumburgh Head

Classification Craft (13th Century)

Alternative Name(s) 'King Harald Boat'; Sumburgh Roost; Dunrossness; Atlantic; North Sea; Vementry; Unknown 1242

Canmore ID 288761

Site Number HU40NW 8022

NGR HU 40 07

NGR Description HU c. 40 07

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

HU40NW 8022 c. 40 07

N59 51 W1 17

NLO: Sumburgh Head [name: HU 406 076]

Sumburgh Roost [name centred HU 405 070].

[Unknown]: [max. date] 1242

Carrying King Harald Norwegian king of the Isle of Man

Source: Shetland Archive Service [undated].

MS/3025, no. 234.

(No classification or cargo specified: date of loss cited as 1242 or 1248). Unknown: this vessel ('King Harald boat') was lost in Sumburgh Roost. Registration: Norwegian.

(Location of loss cited as N59 50.0 W1 20.0).

I G Whittaker 1998.

Sumburgh Roost is the heavily tidal area immediately S of Sumburgh Head. It is unclear on which side of Sumburgh Head the loss occurred, and accordingly whether it should be assigned to the Atlantic or to the North Sea.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 23 May 2007.


Reference (2011)

Whittaker ID : 8526

Name : UNKNOWN 1242

Latitude : 595000

Longitude : 12000

Registration : NORWEGIAN

Loss Year : 1242

Comment : Alternative date for King Harald boat lost in Sumburgh Roost is 1248.


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