The Shetland Bus Memorial
|Location:||Main Street, Scalloway.|
|Structure:|| Stone cairn with plaques|
|Date Unveiled:||Unveiled, 21st June 2003|
|War:||World War 2|
|Names on Memorial:||44|
|OS Map Reference:||HU400395|
|UKNIWM No.:||Not listed|
The bonds between Scalloway and Norway have been very strong since wartime, and in 2001, the Scalloway Community Council decided that a permanent Shetland Bus Memorial had to be made.
After a public meeting, the Shetland Bus Friendship Society was set up, with Jack Burgess as Chairman, Sandra Reynolds as secretary and William Smith as treasurer. The names and dates of the dead Shetland Bus crewmen were collected, and a photo archive was made.
After a public ballot, David Cooper's design of the memorial was choosed. Alan Hart was commissioned to make the top sculpture of "Andholmen", one of the"Bus - boats", and Alan Smiles got the contract to do the stonework.
The memorial is made of stones from bothShetland and Norway. The Shetland stones comes from Scalloway, Lunna, Kergord, Lerwick and Catfirth - all places that had a part of the Shetland Bus history. The Norwegian stones were collected from the home areas of all the 44 dead crewmen, and brought to Shetland with "Heland", another of the "Bus boats".
The Norwegian stones came from the following communes : Askvoll, Aukra, Austevoll, Bergen, Bremanger, Bømlo, Flakstad, Flekkefjord, Florø, Godøy, Gulen, Herøy, Kongsberg, Kragerø, Kvam, Kvinnherad, Radøy, Samnanger, Solund, Stord, Sund, Trondheim, Vågan and Ålesund.
The memorial was unveiled by Barbara Melkevik on June 21 2003.
The memorial bears four plaques with the names, age, year of death and name of ship of the dead crewmen.
The four memorial plaques :
The dead crewmen :
|Odd M. Svinøy||18||1941||Blia|
|Birger O. Bjørnsen||21||1941||Blia|
|Ivar L. Brekke||21||1942||Aksel|
|John L. Odden||26||1942||Aksel|
|Olav L. Kinn||27||1942||Sandøy|
|Ulf T. V. Johansen||25||1943||Feiøy|
|Hans H. Øvertveit||23||1943||Feiøy|
|Bjørn N. Bolstad||21||1943||Brattholm|
|Magnus Johan Kvalvik||29||1943||Brattholm|
|Harald Petter Ratvik||25||1943||Brattholm|
|Fritjof M. Skaugland||26||1943||Brattholm|
|Sjur Olai L. Trovaag||36||1943||Brattholm|
|Alfred A. Vik||23||1943||Brattholm|
|Peder K. Nonås||18||1943||Boating accident|
|Ragnar E. Sandøy||32||1943||Boating accident|
Below the four plaques, there are one, which bears the incription :
WE REMEMBER WITH DEEP RESPECT AND GRATTITUDE ALL WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THE WORK OF THE SHETLAND BUS IN SHETLAND; NORWAY AND ON THE STORMY SEAS BETWEEN
THEY GAVE THEIR ALL FOR FREEDOM.
In addition to the Shetland Bus Memorial, the Shetland Bus Friendship Society has put up information boards on the waterfront wall. There you can read and see pictures of the Shetland Bus story.
The information boards :
In a nearby window, you can also see four murals, made by the pupils of Scalloway School, that is dedicated to the memory of the Shetland Bus.