Shetlopedia - The Shetland Encyclopaedia
- The first "Cod War" between the UK and Iceland.
A local schoolboy, Douglas Coutts, whilst helping visiting archaeologists led by Professor Andrew C. O'Dell of Aberdeen University at excavations at St Ninian's Isle, unearthed the now famous St Ninian's Isle Treasure
New Lerwick Lifeboat 'Claude Cecil Staniforth', built at a cost of £38,500, arrives on station after 700 mile trip from the Isle of Wight.
Coxwain John Sales in command. This boat replaced 'Lady Jane and Martha Ryland' which had served since 1931.
First service of Lerwick Lifeboat 'Claude Cecil Staniforth' to Russian trawler 'Urbe', ashore on the Holm of Skaw, on the east side of Unst in force 10 winds and sleet showers.
A local man, Duncan Mouat, was boarded in Baltasound to act as pilot for the inshore water, and three men were rescued alive and two bodies were picked up. The rest of the crew numbering a further twenty were drowned and no bodies found.
For this service, Coxwain John Sales was awarded the RNLI Silver medal and Duncan Mouat the Bronze Medal. The rest of the crew received vellums.