Skerries

Low Tide: 16:14

The second trip was out to Skerries on Friday the 13th of April. The group met at Vidlin for the 11am ferry out to Skerries. As the Filla was away for maintenance, the Fivla was standing in which is usually on the Bluemull Sound route. The crossing took just over an hour with the ferry coming in the Sooth Mooth entrance. As there was only a few hours, the group focused on Sooth Mooth starting at the pier and walking round to Bessi Holm. There was a few interesting jetties and piers around the bay, with fishing stations situated either side. Out Skerries: An Island Community by Joan Dey has a great map detailing many of the interesting sites around Skerries. We spent some time looking at Bayview which was a former fishing station and comparing it to the station in Papa Stour we had been looking at the week before.

SCAPE has a structure marked on Bessi Holm so the group navigated across the storm beach and had a look at the remains using the SCAPE app to update the record. From here the group headed up to South Ward to look at the remains of the 20th century coastguard lookout which were common across many of the outer islands in Shetland.

Another interesting feature is the Battle Pund which was used to settle feuds in single combat. The pund is still marked out by boulders but it is no longer used for its intended purpose!

As we were making our way back to the ferry, we began chatting to a local resident who showed us his shed which had been used by the gutters during the herring fishing. Some of the gutters had scribed their names and where they were from which was really interesting to see.

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Welcome to the SRIMHAA website!

The Shetland Rural Islands Maritime Heritage Asset Atlas Project is a exciting new project that has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project aims to look at the both the physical and intangible maritime heritage found in Fair Isle, Foula, Papa Stour and Skerries over the next few months. There will be opportunities to get out to the islands to do survey work, collect and record peoples stories and memories and there will be workshops offering the opportunity to learn and improve skills in recording heritage, photography and archival research.

The end goal of the project is to create an asset atlas that details some of the physical structures that have been recorded and the linked intangible heritage. The book will be available for free online or in print for a small price. Any data collected will be available online for anybody to use and will be given to the Shetland Museum and Archives as well.

If you are interested in getting involved as an individual or a group please fill in a contact form or email us directly at maritimeheritageproject@uhi.ac.ukĀ  .You can also keep up to date with the project through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, links can be found on the homepage.