Lunna Ness

Richard Ion

Lancaster, United Kingdom

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Lunna Ness is a promontory some 5 miles in length at the NW of mainland Shetland and, like most places in Britain’s most northerly outpost, it has a long history. However, it is principally remembered today for the “Shetland Bus”. In 1940 Norway was occupied by and surrended to Germany and many Norwegians ended up leaving by sea and most ended up in Shetland and it was here that they collaborated with the British military in supporting the Norwegian resistance movement. A base was set up at Lunna, using a mansion house as headquarters and the natural harbour for all the Shetlandic and Norwegian boats used in the operation.
Many successful night-time journeys were made in the first winter of operations ferrying members of the resistance one way or the other as well as supplies and arms.
Amazing tales of survival are balanced by tragic tales of lives lost – 24 of the 60 strong unit lost their lives in the winter of 1943. The most legendary member of the movement was Leif (Sheltland) Larsen who was the most decorated naval officer of the allied forces in the 2nd World War.
After a while the base was moved from Lunna to a more defensible and less remote location at Scalloway, also in Shetland, until the cessation of hostilities.

Many more details can be found at the Shetland Heritage website and is well worth a read.

Hope you like the photograph of West Lunna Voe and the pier, taken in the evening light, thanks for looking.


Tech Detls
Nikon D300
Nikon 16-85mm VR @ 45mm
f20 1/160s -1eV

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