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Community landlord Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (Galson Estate Trust) has awarded £10,000 to help mark the centenary of the Iolaire tragedy, when 205 men drowned in the early hours of New Year's day in 1919 at the entrance to Stornoway harbour after surviving the horrors of the WW1.

 

The donation is in recognition of the historical importance of the event for the townships in the estate area in North Lewis which accounted for 23 of those lost.

 

A series of events are being planned in Lewis to help commemorate the centenary of the UK's worst shipping disaster in peace time in the 20th century.

 

Of the 283 on board the naval yacht, only 40 survived after she hit rocks known as the Beasts of Holm within sight of Stornoway harbour.

 

John Finlay MacLeod from Ness helped save the lives of 40 on board when he swam heroically through the stormy waters to secure a rope ashore, enabling others to make it to safety.

 

Another Niseach, Donald "Patch" Morrison, survived by clinging all night to the ship’s mast.

 

 

 

Donation to Iolaire commemoration events

to 22 December 2017