The Shetland Bus - Faces and Places 60 years on

25/11/2003 ::

Throughout World War II hundreds of Norwegian refugees fled their German-occupied home thanks to the help of Norwegian sailors who organised daring, high-risk trips across the North Sea during the dark winter months to the Shetland Islands.

At first, small fishing-boats were used; later, American submarine-chasers. The Shetland Bus, as it became known, also took agents, saboteurs and military equipment to Norway to support the local resistance movement. Needless to say, a considerable number of sailors, saboteurs and refugees lost their lives when their daring missions went wrong.

The Shetland Bus touched numerous individuals on both sides of the North Sea and the whole episode became a symbol of friendship across the seas. This exhibition, and the book on which it is based, was produced by the Norwegian photojournalist Trygve Sörvaag, in co-operation with the North-Sea Traffic Museum, Televåg, Norway, who have very kindly agreed to let it come to Liverpool after being shown at the Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff.

Copies of the book: Shetland Bus: "Faces & Places 60 Years on" will be on sale throughout the exhibition. 

2-20 November and December 15 - January 14 2004

An exhibition at the Scandinavian Seamen's Church
138 Park Lane
L1 8HG

For opening times, please contact the church on telephone: 0151 709 7763 or email .

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At first, small fishing-boats were used; later, American submarine-chaser.