Shetlopedia - The Shetland Encyclopaedia
- Lerwick was the base for a total of 643 fishing vessels.
- The Christian, laden with a general cargo, from Scalloway to Rea Wick foundered at an unspecified location en route with the loss of one soul, during or before 1914.
- The rental of the county was £65,000, £30,000 attributable to Lerwick alone.
The Vale of Endrick, a British steam fishing trawler sank following being in collision with, it is believed the vessel Senator Oswald, at a position approx 180 miles NE of Aberdeen Scotland/100-120 miles ESE of Sumburgh Head.
Norwegian steamer D/S Robert Lea, (JNSV), of Bergen, grounded and wrecked on Stoura Baa at the north end of Brother Isle, Yell Sound.
The Algieba, a steel hulled sail schooner in ballast, of Shoreham, England, from Lerwick and for Hull, England wrecked on Mousa in thick fog.
World War 1 breaks out
The German U-boat campaign begins, with attacks on North Sea shipping. The Germans focus particular attention on the area between Shetland and Bergen.
- U-15 sighted the British battleships HMS Ajax, Monarch, and Orion on manoeuvres off Fair Isle and fired a torpedo at Monarch. The torpedo failed to hit. Shortly after this, HMS Birmingham manages to sink U-15.
HMS Pathfinder is sunk by U-21 off the Firth of Forth. It is the first successful sinking by a submarine, since the American Civil War, and marks the beginning of U-boats becoming a serious threat in British waters.
RMS Oceanic of the White Star Line grounds on the Shaalds of Foula. Over 600 men rescued by the Aberdeen trawler Glenogill
SS Glitra sunk by U-17 off Skudeneshavn, on Karmøy in Norway. It is Stavanger bound, and is the first British merchant vessel to be sunk by a u-boat. Its crew are allowed to board lifeboats for Norway.
The Hygea, a wooden hulled schooner laden with a cargo of coal, of and for Tonsberg, Norway, from Dysart, Fife, Scotland foundered approx eight miles NE of Out Skerries Lighthouse.
U-18 penetrates channels into Scapa Flow in Orkney, demonstrating U-boats' capabilities in inlets and shallow waters.