Sheltering & securing Shetland’s maritime heritage

Moder Dy Community Interest Company 

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Moder dy, a Shetland dialect phrase meaning mother wave, an underlying swell of the sea, which 19th century small open boat fishermen used to guide them to land.



We offer a variety of archive research, boatbuilding, heritage interpretation and marketing services. Please contact us to discuss your needs and to find out about our rates, with no hidden charges. The profits from these services we invest in our Shetland community heritage projects, an example of which is Caain da Noosts.

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We are delighted to be able to offer you engaging, not-for-profit maritime heritage workshops and events. These workshops help us to fund our maritime heritage schools and community outreach programmes!

Our shop is now open, so please come and browse.

We embrace interdisciplinary working, and collaboration with artists. 

Reports, presentations, and papers. 

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Our Purpose

Our purpose is to provide projects that engage people with Shetland's maritime heritage. Our activities are online, so you can join in no matter where in the world you live.


To see our latest activities follow us on the usual social media platforms and on our YouTube channel. You can also subscribe to our newsletter by simply clicking the join our mailing list button. Please feel free to ask a question or request more information by using our online chat facility. Alternatively, you can send a message using the contact us button.


If you would like to show your appreciation, and give Moder Dy a little boost, then please click the buy me a coffee button. 


We look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

Marc and Esther

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