Stuart Hill (sailor)

Stuart Alan Hill (born 1943) also known as Captain Calamity is an English amateur sailor, jurist and activist in the Shetland Islands independence movement.

Early life

Hill was born 1943 in Claydon in Suffolk, the son of a nuclear engineer.

His early career included driving a van and working as a construction worker in Bromley, Kent.

Attempt to circumnavigate the British Isles

Hill set sail from Manningtree, Essex in the first half of 2001, planning to sail his small 15 foot long open sailing boat single-handedly anti-clockwise around the British Isles to raise money for charity.

He earned the nickname "Captain Calamity" after various mishaps, including encountering difficulties off Yarmouth losing radio contact with the shore and continuing on his voyage against the advice of his rescuers. The venture came to an end 50 miles off the west coast of Shetland, after the boat capsized in a storm and he was unable to right it. He sailed 700 miles from Suffolk beyond the northernmost point of Great Britain. [ [ "Lucky escape for 'Captain Calamity'"] (22 August 2001) BBC. Retrieved 26 July 2008.]

Crown Dependency of Forvik

On June 21, 2008, Hill, owner of a 2.5 acre island in Shetland called Forewick Holm (renamed Forvik Island) made a declaration of dependence, creating the Crown Dependency of Forvik. It was declared to be a British crown dependency, and thus not a part of the United Kingdom or of the European Union. [cite web|url=|title=Captain Calamity to create new state in Shetland islands||accessdate=2008-06-22|date=2008-06-19|last=Khan|first=Urmee]


External links

* [ Shetland Independent Newsletter]
* [ Shetland and Orkney Udal Law group]
* [ Shetland Conversation]
* [ Crown Dependency of Forvik]

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