Descendants of men who died on board HMY Iolaire have spoken of the lasting impact it has had on their communities.
Malcolm Macdonald’s father had been harbouring a dark secret for years. One he chose to share with his son when he was 10. The secret was that his father, also called Malcolm Macdonald, had drowned in the Iolaire tragedy, one of the darkest days in Britain’s naval wartime history.
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It was a disaster which had lasting repercussions for generations of people in the Western Isles.
An art teacher at Thurso High School has created a large-scale canvas in memory of the 201 sailors who perished in the Iolaire disaster nearly 100 years ago.
MSPs have marked the upcoming centenary of the Iolaire disaster with a poignant debate remembering the suffering endured by the people of the Western Isles.
A touching and lasting tribute was paid in the Western Isles yesterday to the souls lost in one of the worst maritime disasters in United Kingdom waters during the 20th century.
Over 200 lives were lost when HMY Iolaire collided with rocks at the Beasts of Holm on January 1, 1919, in a tragedy that cut so deeply it was not publicly discussed by islanders for decades.
As part of the Dileab project, every school in the Western Isles is to receive a signed copy of a new book exploring the Iolaire tragedy.
The public launch of a new book exploring the Iolaire tragedy takes place today.
The MSP for the Western Isles has called for the Ministry of Defence to protect the final resting place of HMY Iolaire, under a parliamentary act designed to protect the wreckage of military vehicles and vessels.
With a stone to represent every victim, this newly-unveiled memorial lays bare the sheer scale of a near-century old island tragedy.
A vision to create a world class visitor centre to commemorate Britain’s worst peacetime maritime disaster has been revealed.
An island museum is on the look-out for artefacts to borrow for an important centenary event.
Designs have been revealed for a memorial sculpture to mark the upcoming centenary of a major shipping disaster off the Western Isles.
Designs for a new memorial to commemorate the deaths of more than 180 islanders who drowned on their way home from the battlefields of WWI will be unveiled in Lewis this month.