HMY Iolaire Embarkation Point-Plaque

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Reference WMO/267923


Kyle of Lochalsh Station

Railway Pier

Kyle of Lochalsh

IV40 8AH


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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Painted
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Affixed on the wall on Platform 1 of the railway station at Kyle of Lochalsh, this plaque commemorates the departure of the ill-fated HMY Iolaire on 31st December 1918. Carrying 280 souls to Stornoway, the vessel foundered at the mouth of Stornoway harbour in the early hours of 1st January 1919 in a severe gale. Only 79 men survived, the remainder (comprising most of the crew including the captain, as well as 181 sailors from Lewis, Harris and Berneray) drowned. Unveiled 31st December 2018 by Lord Lieutenant for Ross, Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh Janet Bowen, Royal Navy commander GA Mills, Chief of Staff/ Naval Commander for Scotland and Northern Ireland and by the president of Royal British Legion Scotland, Lieutenant General Sir Alistair Irwin and Dedicated by The Free Church Minister -Rev Roddie Rankin. See the Oban Times dated 10 January 2019 for a full account of the unveiling.
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Main (upper) plaque At 2130 on 31st December 1918 over 200 Lewis men, / mostly naval personnel who had survived the Great War, / embarked from this pier in: / HMY IOLAIRE / The ship struck the Beasts of Holm rocks at 0155 / on 1st January 1919 / Of the 248 passengers and crew, 205 perished. / This plaque is placed here by the Lochalsh Branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland / in commemoration of the centenary of the tragic loss of life and unutterable grief it caused. Lower plaque This plaque was unveiled by / the Lord-Lieutenant for / Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh / Mrs Janet Bowen CVO / on 31st December 2018


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