The Shetland Bus-Mural

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Mosaic/Mural
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Lettering: Painted
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Four murals depicting various aspects of the story of the Shetland Bus. Mural one bears the dedicatory inscription and shows a picture of the Shetland Bus memorial sculpture. On the right hand side of the mural are portraits of three key figures in the Shetland Bus. Mural two shows a map depicting key sites associated with the operation. A map showing the Norwegian coast is on the left of the mural with a 'Shetland Bus' depicted at the top and images of Kergord House, Lunna House and Scalloway shown at the bottom right hand corner. Mural three depicts a sea scene showing the types of ships involved in the operation. A sub chaser ship is depicted in the background and a fishing boat is depicted in the middleground. In the foreground is the deck of a ship with a two barrels showing where the guns were hidden as part of the operation to get arms to the resistance. Mural four depicts the shoreline of Scalloway from the sea. One arrow points to where the murals are sited and four more depict images of the main sites involved in the Shetland bus, namely, Prince Olav slipway where the boats were repaired, Dinapore House, their headquarters, the Photographer's Hut where fake ID's were made and Scalloway Castle, which was the ammunition store. Painted by Scalloway Junior High School and unveiled on 16 May 2002
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Mural 1, top and left side: THE SHETLAND BUS/ This Mural created by pupils at Scalloway School is dedicated to all/ those who gave their lives in the extremely hazardous boats trips/ between Shetland and Norway, to assist the Norwegian/ resistance movement./ The Operation known as the 'Shetland Bus' was based at Lunna/ during 1941/42 before moving to Scalloway in 1942. Kergord/ House was used as a planning headquarters and provided/ accomodation for the agents./ The full story of the Operation can be discovered by visiting the local/ Scalloway museum and the locations in Scalloway and Shetland/ shown on the mural. There is also a website created by pupils/ at Scalloway School : Mural 1, right side: LEIF LARSEN/ KAARE IVERSEN/ PALMER BJORNOY Mural 2: KEY SITES IN NORWAY & SHETLAND Mural 3: BOATS USED IN THE OPERATION Mural 4: (...) SITES IN SCALLOWAY

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