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Floating your boat Shetland style
Floating boats (Pic: Didier Piquer)
The public will view the boats from different heights
Five boats have been suspended in mid-air as part of preparations for the new Shetland Museum and Archives.

A towering hall is a feature of the new museum in Lerwick, which is due to open to the public in spring 2007.

The boats have been winched into position in their new home, up to 14m high.

Elevated viewing platforms on each of the floors of the main building will give visitors a series of views of the suspended boats.

Specialist contractors travelled with their equipment by road and sea from Cornwall to Shetland, one tip of the UK to the other, to oversee the delicate boat hanging operation.

The hanging boats include one suspended with full rigging, as if under sail.

The boat hall will trace the history of Shetland boats from Viking roots to the present day.


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