Good Shepherd IV

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Good Shepherd IV in Fair Isle harbour
Good Shepherd IV in Fair Isle harbour
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Name: Good Shepherd IV
Owner: SIC Ferries
Route: Fair Isle
Ordered: February 1985
Yard number: 1024
Launched: February 1986
Maiden voyage: 24 May 1986
  • IMO:
  • MMSI: 232003605
  • Callsign: GFXQ
General characteristics
Tonnage: GT 76.38T; RT 45.33T; DWT 54.2T[1]
Displacement: 125.6 Tonnes
Length: 18.3 m (60 ft)
Beam: 5.8 m (19 ft)
Draft: 2.63 m (8 ft 8 in) (max)
Depth: 3.168m
Propulsion: 1 × Volvo TMD 121C 6 cyl 12 litre 239kW / 315hp
Speed: 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)

The Good Shepherd IV is a Scottish ferry, connecting Fair Isle to Shetland Mainland. It is owned by SIC Ferries.


The ship, built in Fife, has been in service since 1986 and is operated by the Shetland Islands Council.

The previous ferry on this route, the Good Shepherd III, was a former inshore trawler, owned by the islanders since 1972.[2]


The ferry carries up to 12 passengers and one car.[3]

There are sailings three times a week from Grutness Pier near Sumburgh Head in summer and one per week in winter. There are fortnightly sailings from Lerwick, the capital of Shetland.[4]


  1. ^ "Good Shepherd IV". Shetland Islands Council. Retrieved 4 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Shetland Islands Council". Simplon Postcards. Retrieved 4 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Fair Isle". Visit Shetland. Archived from the original on 8 May 2009. Retrieved 4 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "Timetables". Fair Isle. Retrieved 4 October 2009.