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Bod of Gremista

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The Bod of Gremista was built in 1780 by Arthur Nicholson as a home and a shop for the local fishing industry. It is a typical 18th century fishing booth or “böd” located in the town of Holmsgarth (Lerwick) overlooking the harbour. It was were Arthur Anderson, co-founder of the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) was born in 1792. At the age of 16 young Anderson was press ganged into the Royal Navy. Ten years later, after having seen action in the Napoleonic Wars, he was discharged in London. Penniless and 600 miles from Shetland he was forced to live by his wits – which he did most successfully. He joined the London shipping firm of Brodie McGhie eventually becoming a partner. He would continue to prosper and in 1854 was appointed as Chairman of P&O Shipping. The Bod of Gremista was established as a museum in 1987. It was taken over by the Shetland Museums Service in 1991 and is now operated by the Shetland Amenity Trust. Displays focus on the heritage of the local fishing industry and the life of Arthur Andersen.

Contact Details

  • Address: Gremista Marina, Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland, United Kingdom, ZE1 0PX
  • GPS: 60.16995556,-1.164788889
  • Phone: 0044 (0)1595 694 386
  • Part of UK: Scotland
  • Sat Nav Postcode: ZE1 0PX
  • Disabled Access: Ground floor only for wheelchair users
  • Visibility from Road: Excellent

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