Lerwick Lodberries

Richard Ion

Lancaster, United Kingdom

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Following on from the last shot, here is a slightly more “in context” view of the lodberries.
The description below is repeated for those who haven’t seen the first upload.
Taken in Lerwick, the capital of Shetland and Britain’s most northerly town. It’s origins as a port date back to the early 17th century (at least) when Shetland folk set up a shanty town here to do business with the large numbers of Dutch fishing boats that came to this area each year. The records show that the drunken revelry was such that attempts were made to put an end to the town but, eventually, Lerwick came into being and succeeded Scalloway as the capital.
One of the features are the lodberries, these are houses and warehouses that were built into the sea such that the boats could be unloaded with ease. Only one exists in the original state but the buildings still jut out into the bay and make for a unique and picturesque scene.
One point of note here is the colour of the water. No, it’s not a faulty camera! This is down to the major dredging operations going on on the entrance to the harbour and this has brought up huge amounts of silt (and marine life?)

Thanks for looking

Tech Detls:
Nikon D300
Nikon 16-85 VR @19mm
f13 1/640s

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  • Dave Law
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