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  • Tar-barrelling banned in Lerwick
  • The Birds of Shetland by Henry Linckmeyer Saxby were published by his brother Stephen one year after Henry's death. The book soon became a "standard read" for all British ornithologists.
  • The township of Garth (Gert) in Dunrossness, comprising six crofts, was cleared on the orders of Andrew John Grierson (2) the fifth laird of the Grierson of Quendale family estate, and owner of the land in question. A further twenty-one crofts in neighbouring townships belonging to the same owner were also cleared at the same time, leaving the formerly thriving townships of Garth, Corston, Westing, Scord, Quam, etc. to only the Laird's own sheep.
  • Herring fishing yielded 1100 barrels
  • The Star (1874) (LK2237), a fishing vessel, of Lerwick, wrecked or foundered on or near Bigga, Yell.
  • Start of formal settlement of Karamea in New Zealand, which includes a number of Shetlanders.

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March

  • Wreckage of an unidentified vessel reported coming ashore early in the month along NE Shetland. A portion of a wooden vessel, estimated to be approx one quarter ashore on the Rumble, east of Whalsay, wood said to be very old, also pit props at other locations in Whalsay. A quadrant and several pit props also reported ashore on East Yell, and a quadrant on Fetlar.
  • 2nd or 4th
    The Gudrun, a sail schooner laden with a mixed cargo of brandy mean and general hardware, of and from Copenhagen, Denmark, for Rekyjavik, Iceland drove ashore on derelict on Hamera Head, Levaneap, Dury Voe, Vidlin. Three bodies were found onboard, and the hull was later sold and broken up in Vidlin Voe.
  • 4th/5th
    The Janus, a sail schooner laden with a cargo of timber, of and from Brevik, Norway, for, it is thought Scotland, discovered floating bottom up in an unrecorded geo west of Culswick. All of the crew perished, one body was recovered from the wreck.
  • 10th
    The Anna, of Søgne, Norway, in a very leaky state, and having lost her anchors, boat etc sought shelter and assistance in Lerwick Harbour, where she was purposely beached, on or before this date. No further information concerning her eventual fate is recorded.

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