Vandela, a Danish frigate and East Indiaman (3rd Danish East India Company), wrecked at Helianabretta on the east coast of Fetlar on 18-19 December, 1737.
The Vandela was bound for the Danish post of Tranquebar (near Madras) carrying a vast amount of silver, both specie and bars. She has been remembered over generations as the Siller Ship.
One of the most important Shetland shipwrecks. Captain William Irvine who held a diving commission issued by the Earl of Morton, attempted to monopolize the salvage using his unique Fetlar Diving Engine. From the total contemporary value of £22,500 a lot was salvaged with a total sum of £18,500 officially declared.
See also the notes on the Wendela.
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