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North Haven, crane, Fair Isle

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland South, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 59.5378 / 59°32'16"N

Longitude: -1.6038 / 1°36'13"W

OS Eastings: 422509

OS Northings: 1072497

OS Grid: HZ225724

Mapcode National: GBR Q3DJ.7XG

Mapcode Global: XHD63.HJQJ

Entry Name: North Haven, crane, Fair Isle

Scheduled Date: 23 December 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6589

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Industrial: marine

Location: Dunrossness

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland South

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument consists of a small hand-operated crane.

The crane stands on the edge of the old pier formerly used by the Fair Isle ferry, and now replaced by a new pier and slip to the NE. The crane is of iron construction, and the mechanism survives in working order, although the hoist cable has been removed. The crane is probably of late 19th-century date, and may have come second-hand from elsewhere in the north, possibly from a lighthouse station.

The area to be scheduled consists simply of the crane itself and the surface of the pier into which it is set: a notional circle of 5m diameter, as indicated in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a rare survival of a once-ubiquitous type of pre-mechanisation harbour furniture.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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