Shetlopedia - The Shetland Encyclopaedia
- The ruins of the ancient settlement of Jarlshof were re-discovered after a violent storm caused soil erosion, uncovering an ancient wall.
- 48 herring stations at Baltasound employed 2840 people, 36 herring stations at Lerwick employed 2500 people, and a further 90 herring stations elsewhere in Shetland employed several hundred more. 1783 vessels landed 645,834 crans of herring worth £576,645, and 1,024,000 barrels of herring were cured, making 1905 the record year of the "Herring Boom"
The vessel Napier Major is the first motor boat to visit Lerwick, having made a record breaking 750 mile trip from the Thames at London.
She was built in April 1905 by Frederick Millar at Oulton Broad, to prove 'that motors in boats are a viable proposition in place of steam'.
The journey from London to Shetland took eight days, but she was beset by bad weather for most of her journey. Arriving in Shetland on Friday 5th May, and staying over the weekend, she attracted a great deal of attention. Trips around the harbour were organised as well as fishermen being invited onboard to study the engine. She left Shetland on Monday 8th May, taking 16 hours to reach Orkney, leaving a lot of apprehensive fishermen behind, doubtful if motor would really be faster than steam!
(Information from Shetland Museum photo nr G00049.)
The Lerwick registered wooden hulled dandy fishing vessel Bonnie Jane wrecked on Fugla Ness, Burra.
The Pursuit, a wooden hulled sail lugger, sank after being involved in a collision at a position approx 21 miles ESE of "Balta". It is not known whether "Balta" refers to Balta Sound or Balta isle.
The Isle of Man fishing lugger Nautilua sank off the North Ness in Lerwick Harbour following a collision with the Banff fishing lugger Smiling.
Bigton Kirk was officially opened.
- Tingwall Public Hall opened.
The Hopeman, Scotland registered wooden fishing lugger Liberty (1905) foundered at a position approx 25 miles E of Sumburgh Head/NE of Fair Isle.
The Lerwick registered wooden hulled smack Sunbeam in service as a packet boat, drove ashore at Listet/South Haven, Fair Isle.