The Shetland Bus
Shetland "Hands Across the Sea" Norway

Wartime Shetland
Wartime Norway
The Operation
The Boats
The Crewmen
The Agents
SJH School Project
WWW Links
Memorial & Mural


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Heavy seas were a normal part of the
risky trip to Norway and back

Welcome to what is thought to be the only website specifically commemorating what became known as 'The Shetland Bus', a Shetland based boat operation to and from Norway, that took place during the Second World War (1939 - 1945).

This website is dedicated to all those who gave of their lives in the extremely hazardous boat trips between Shetland and Norway, to assist the Norwegian resistance movement. The conditions under which they operated, the difficulties of crossing the North Sea at night, with no lights and far from any possible help, can scarcely be imagined today. Always present in the minds of those on board would have been the threat of discovery and the risk of being shot at by German planes or boats, and possibly captured when they finally reached the Norwegian coast.

Pictures, words and some audio files  are available on this website, so please feel free to look around. A waltz (a 792k WAV file) was even written in honour of the extraordinary achievements.

The 'HITRA' on a recent visit
to Scalloway, in Shetland

The project was initiated by, and has been coordinated by, Colin Nicol who is head of history at the Scalloway Junior High School.

Acknowledgements are gratefully given to Shetland Museum, Scalloway Museum and the local history group, the Imperial War Museum, the Norwegian Resistance museum, and the North Sea Traffic Museum (Nordsjøfart Museet), the Scottish Media Group, the Partner Schools Comenius project, Shetland Times Ltd, Shetland Litho, and Shetland Life.

And special thanks are due to Kåre Iversen (one of the original crewmen), J R Nicolson, Tommy Isbister, Barbara Johnson (School Librarian), Brian Smith (Shetland Archivist), and the Shetland library.

Thanks too are due to the pupils of the Scalloway Junior High School, Shetland for their interest and work. Please go to the pages relating to their study of the subject.

This website has been jointly funded by Shetland Amenity Trust, The Partner Schools Comenius project, and the other schools in Shetland. Please visit the WWW Links page to follow up some of our sponsors, and learn more about the issues raised here.

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