Sun is shining and the skies are blue, what more could you ask for…apart from the usual more money less work etc etc
Today’s image is of the monument on Vatersay which is linked by a causeway to Barra Island Outer Hebrides.
The monument is one of the saddest events to befall the island when the Annie Jane, a three-masted immigrant ship out of Liverpool bound for Montreal, Canada, struck rocks off West Beach during a storm in September 1853. Within ten minutes the ship began to founder and break up casting 450 people into the raging sea. In spite of the conditions, islanders tried to rescue the passengers and crew.
There were only a few survivors rescued. A small cairn and monument marks the site where the bodies recovered from the sea were buried. An inscription reads:
On 28th September 1853 the ship Annie Jane with emigrants from Liverpool to Quebec was totally wrecked in this bay and threefourths of the crew and passengers numbering about 350 men women and children were drowned and their bodies interred here.
Two Chinese seamen from the SS Idomeneus, which sank on 28 September 1917, are also buried somewhere near the monument. There is a commemorative headstone in Cuier Churchyard.
The remains of a Catalina flying boat that crashed on the slopes of Heishival Beg in 1944 lie in a stream bed near the shore.
I’ll be going “dark” as they say for a while now as I have a lot on over the next week or two. Will catch up hopefully with some good news mid August fingers x’d
Have a great weekend and next few weeks all