HMY Iolaire

From Nights, 7:12 pm on 3 December 2018
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Photo: Ness Historical Society [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Early New Years Day 1918 as it brought returning soldiers from the First World War, the HMY Iolaire went down a few yards from shore and about a mile from the safety of Stornoway Harbour. One of the worst UK maritime disasters of the 20th century, at least 201 men perished of the 283 aboard.

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As the 100th anniversary of the disaster approaches, Malcolm MacDonald talk to us about his book The Darkest Dawn : The Story of the Iolaire Tragedy