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Being as close to Bergen as to Aberdeen, it is not surprising that the cultural inheritance of the Shetland Islands shows many Scandinavian characteristics, not least among their boats.
The Fourerns (four-oared) and the now extinct Sixerns show, in their clinker construction where the planks overlap, their Norse origins and this is also reflected in the lines of the boat, particularly the sharp stern.
The seas round these islands are among the most treacherous in the world and as a result the evolutionary process, which could be likened here to 'natural selection' or the 'survival of the fittest', has ensured that the boats that sail upon them are as seaworthy as any boat can be.
Annie was built at Hamnavoe on the West coast of the Shetlands in 1910 and was repaired in the winter of 1975 by Magnus Slater, a crofter on Westerwick, while Mr Nigel Irens of Bristol, who was to buy her, looked after the farm.
In 1978 she was acquired for the Museum by Mr Colin Godman of the BBC. Half the purchase price was provided by a grant from the Science Museum in London and the other half came from Mrs Peggy Vincent of Topsham Road, Exeter, as a memorial to her husband Henry George Vincent.
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