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Certificate of Discharge from Davis Straits whaling ship
Certificate of Discharge for William Gardner of Fetlar from the SS Forth.
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May 26th, 1891
Original document: 25.7cm x 20.2cm
The ship had been at the whaling in the Davis Straits (Greenland). During this period a large number of Shetland men sailed on whaling ships from ports such as Leith, and were able to earn considerably more than they would do at home. William Gardner returned home for good in 1900 when his wife (Catherine Petrie) inherited a croft at Houll, Fetlar, and persuaded him (against his will, the story goes) never to return to sea. He was well-known in Fetlar for his stories of his life at sea.

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