Out Skerries Lighthouse
|The Out Skerries are a
group of small islands northeast of the main Shetland group. The
lighthouse is located on Bound Skerry, a small island at the extreme
eastern end of this group.
first light was a temporary structure built on the island of Grunay in
1854. The permanent building being built and coming operational in 1858
on Bound Skerry.
There is no keeper's house, the keepers
formerly lived on the nearby island of Grunay.
During the second world war this light station
was machine gunned in 1941 by a German submarine, but it escaped significant
damage, with just one person being injured. In 1942 two bombs were dropped but
they missed and fell into the sea, a third bomb however hit the Boatman's hut,
the house being completely demolished and the boatman's' mother lost her life.
It was automated in 1972.
A view from the boat approaching Out Skerries.
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