Nes yole from Lerwick, Shetland Islands, early 20th century.
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Model, made by John Shewan. Fishings boats from Shetland were similar to those of Norway. These craft of Viking origin were characterised by the sharpnes of the bow and stern which were of almost exactly similar shape. The Nes yole, used for inshore fishing, was particularly lightly built. Owing to the absence of suitable timber in the Shetlands, the components were imported from Norway ready fashioned, and then asembled. They were rigged in the same manner as their Norwegian relations, with one large lug-sail.