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Shetland's Boats 
origin, evolution and use

Join author Marc Chivers on a voyage of discovery into the origin, evolution and use of these unique open boats. It explores the central role these four and six-oared boats played in everyday Shetland life, meeting boatbuilders and the people whose way of life was centred on, and dependent upon, these seaworthy craft. 

This book is the culmination of Marc's PhD research which he completed in 2017. 

Purchase this book from the Shetland Times Bookshop 

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Video interview conducted by Dr Jeanine Pfeiffer with Dr Marc Chivers who talks about his new book and provides insight into the central role Shetland's unique open boats played in everyday Shetland life.

Read the reviews

Read the review by Tom Jackson, senior editor, WoodenBoat magazine.

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Read the review by Dr John Goodlad.

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