The Herring Industry during the 19th and 20th centuries was an important part of Shetland’s fishing heritage. Shetland is close to fishing grounds which led to a dramatic expansion at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. Although Orkney also took part in the Herring Boom, it was at a substantially smaller scale. Continue reading “Following the King of the Sea”
The Northern Lighthouse Board was established in 1786 to light the coasts of Scotland and warn shipping of the dangerous reefs and skerries that had caused the demise of many ships over the years. Over the next 200 years, the Northern Lighthouse Board built nearly 40 manned and automated major lights and a great number of minor lights, especially after the discovery of North Sea Oil, around the coast of Orkney and Shetland.