HMY Iolaire Embarcation Point Memorial

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Reference WMO267923

Address:

Kyle of Lochalsh Station

The Quay

Kyle of Lochalsh

Scotland

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Painted
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Affixed on the wall 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.
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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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