Shetlopedia - The Shetland Encyclopaedia
- The largest ship ever built in Lerwick, the barque "North Briton" was launched at Hay's Dock.
- Shetland had 101 ships carrying 3967 tons and 744 men, exclusive of the boats engaged in fishing.
- James Mackenzie's 1750 The General Grievances and Oppression of the Isles of Orknay and Shetland, edited by Alex G. Groat and Henry Cheyne, was reprinted.
- The Post Office contract passed to the Peterhead and Lerwick Mail Packet Co. and their new schooner Marianne, the first boat with proper cabins for passengers.
- First Shetland newspaper, the Shetland Journal, printed monthly in London, was launched by Arthur Anderson, who financed, edited and wrote most of it. The paper survived for only one year. An attempt by Anderson to extend the paper in to Orkney with "The Orkney and Shetland Journal" fared even less well, lasting only a few months.
- The Peggy, a sail cutter laden with a cargo of salt fish and fish oil, of Lerwick, from Out Skerries and for Whalsay, wrecked on Lunna Ness with the loss of two souls.
The Mary Hay, a schooner, of and for Lerwick, from Olna Firth, wrecked in Housa Voe, Papa Stour. All of the crew were saved.
John Turnbull's, (the minister of Tingwall), wife Wilhelmina, his son John, nearly 6 years old, his daughter Barbara, 8 years old, and a servant, perished within sight of the manse, from a flaw in the ice on the Loch of Tingwall - which they were crossing as the nearest way home.