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History / Wartime map of former Catfirth base discovered

A “LONG forgotten piece of history” has been unearthed in the form of a wartime map which was hand drawn in 1918.

Damien Ristori found the map of the old Catfirth seaplane station whilst looking through his late aunt’s belongings.

The map is now on show at the Puffin Republic shop window in Lerwick until 29 November.

The map had been kept for many years by the late Bobby Georgeson, originally from Catfirth, until he passed away in 1977.

Ristori said it is a “rarity for today’s history enthusiasts and perhaps anyone interested in maps overall”.

The seaplane base was used in the First World War, with the first flight landing in 1918.

It was the most northerly base in Britain for tracking and attacking German submarines.

It ended up housing more than 400 people before closing in 1919.

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