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Whilst on a visit to the Shetland Archives way back in 2004, I was given this database of whaling vessels crewed by Bolts of Shetland.
My thanks to Angus Johnson, Archives Assistant for his help.

The Greenland whaling was at its peak in the 1850s. The sailing ships, mainly coming from Dundee, arrived in Shetland in March to sign on local men, and would return again in autumn. The hunters were limited to short summer cruises when the sea was relatively free of ice. On reaching whaling grounds rowing boats were launched from the sailing ships, each crewed by 7 men. A whale was caught by throwing a hand held harpoon, then finally killed by aiming a long lance between the ribs. There could be up to four hours between harpooning and the final kill. In 1850, there were at least 50 whalers that arrived in Shetland, each taking 20-30 Shetland men on board - Shetland men being renowned for their boat handling skills. By the 1870s, over 5700 Shetland men were employed at the whaling, making it the largest employer outside the islands.

Date
Place
Owners Name
Ticket
Age
Vessel
Volume
Page
Remarks
1813
Brassay George Bolt
-
-
Harmony D.31/6/2
18
 
1813
Bressay Walter Bolt
-
-
Harmony D.31/6/2
18
 
1813
Sound James Bolt
-
-
Friendship D.31/6/2
62
 
1844
Bressay Thomas Bolt
-
45
Commerce D.31/6/12
58
 
1850
Newtown, Bressay James Bolt
410069
16
Rose D.31/6/18
159
 
1851
Freefield Robert Bolt
513190
19
Lord Gambier D.31/6/19
271
Also p.335, 341, 343-346. Carpenter's mate
1852
Freefield by Lerwick Robert Bolt
513190
21
Lord Gambier D.31/6/20
306
Also p.333
1854
Glenburn, Gulberwick Thomas Bolt
-
25
Active D.31/6/21
108
b. Sound
1855
Beoster, Bressay James Bolt
-
23
Sophia D.31/6/23
251
Line manager
1857
Beoster, Bressay Magnus Bolt
-
21
Abram D.31/6/25
10
 
1859
Gulberwick John Bolt
-
19
Kate D.31/6/26
71
 
1859
Freefield Andrew Bolt
-
21
Abram
D.31/6/26
228
Carpenter's mate.
1860
Gulberwick John Bolt
-
-
Enterprise D.31/6/27
67
 
1861
Freefield John Bolt
-
-
Pacific D.31/6/28
34
Also p. 256.
1861
Glenburn, Gulberwick John Bolt
-
-
Agostina D.31/6/28
78
 
1861
Freefield Andrew Bolt
-
-
Pacific D.31/6/28
24
Also p.253. Carpenter's mate
1863
Gulberwick John Bolt
-
-
Active D.31/6/30
17
 
1864
Gulberwick John Bolt
-
-
Active D.31/6/31
4
 
1864
Beoster, Bressay George Bolt
-
23
Active D.31/6/31
11
 
1865
Bressay George Bolt
-
24
Active D.31/6/32
57
 
1866
Beoster, Bressay George Bolt
-
25
Active D.31/6/33
35
 
1866
Gulberwick John Bolt
-
38
Active D.31/6/33
34
 
1871
Gulberwick John Bolt
-
31
Eclipse D.31/6/35
65
Also p. 107, 145, 151
1871
Bressay George Bolt
-
29
Mazinthien D.31/6/35
84
Line coiler
1873
Gulberwick Robert Bolt
-
-
Eclipse D.31/6/35
108
 
1876
Gulberwick William Bolt
-
-
Eclipse D.31/6/35
115