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Lerwick oil depot

Former parish and county:
Parish of Lerwick, Shetland
Local authority:
1921, 1938

Recorded (1943) as a Scottish Oils & Shell Mex depot, North Ness, Lerwick


  • The secretary reported that Agreement between the Lerwick Harbour Trustees and the Company relating to lease of Store at Alexandra wharf, Lerwick, for 3 years from Whitsunday, 1921, at a rent of £50 per annum, was executod on behalf of the Company on 24th. December, 1921 which was confirmed. The Secretary reported that the minute of lease between Wick Harbour Trustees and the Company, of lot of ground at South Quay, Pulteney Harbour at a rent of £6.18/- per annum were executed on behalf of the company on the 28th April 1921 which was confirmed Meeting of Directors of the Scottish Oil Agency 30th January 1922. See full record 87241 page 46

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  • Newspaper references

      At Kirkwall and Lerwick Petroleum spirit barrels may be carried on the deck of passenger or vessels to the extent of live barrels only. Hitherto oil companies have been feeding the Orkney Islands entirely by barrel. The Board of Trade are now to enforce the regulations, and consequently the oil companies intimate that they are to erect bulk oil depots at Kirkwall and Lerwick, and supply those depots by coastal tankers pumping 100 tons ashore per hour. Application has been made at Kirkwall for permission to lay six-inch pipe lines from Kirkwall Harbour site to be acquired from Kirkwall Town Council in Shore Street. Orkney Harbours Commissioners have remitted the application to their Works Committee.

      Aberdeen Press and Journal , 16th July 1936


      Kirkwall Dean of Guild Court.

      Shell Mex & BP Ltd.. Bothwell St. Glasgow applied for warrant to errect a bulk oil depot at Shore Street, Kirkwall. with tank accommodation for 350 tons of petrol and 350 tons of paraffin, and two small tanks for vaporising oil. The premises will include a 60 ft. by 30 ft. filling shed, motor house, pump house, office etc. The site is 1608 square yards.

      Orkney Herald, 10th February 1937