Tuesday, 1 April 2008


The Isle of Lewis has more than its fair share of poignant memorials, and this is one of them. Taken in September 2006, this picture shows a personal memorial to a young fisherman, Craig Duffy, who drowned on 19 December 2004, when his fishing boat Audacious foundered on rocks nearby. His three crew were rescued.
The memorial stands about a hundred yards from the Arnish Lighthouse, and with the lighthouse I see the memorial every day from my location. A fancy-dress party was held in Stornoway a week or so ago in his memory.

It is noteworthy that this memorial stands within sight of the Iolaire Memorial, on the other side of Stornoway Harbour. As I have often mentioned on here, the Iolaire was a troopship which foundered on New Year's Day 1919, with the loss of 205 seamen who were returning home from World War I.

In the next few days, I'll show a few more memorials from across the island, none as sad as the two highlighted in this post.


  1. ...that is a unique looking memorial, made/layered with stones. I have never seen one like that here.
    Thanks for sharing/posting the picture.

  2. springangel2352 April 2008 at 11:35

    I enjoyed this photo of the memorial....thank you for sharing it...

  3. specialadyfink2 April 2008 at 12:01

    That's one marker that will stand the tests of time.
    Love the way it looks out over the water in fitting tribute to the lost loved one.

  4. On scrolling the photo into view I at first thought it was going to be a whale.
    Not a sad memorial to a tragic accident.  
    I'm glad his crew members were saved.  That is a celebration in itself.
    God rest his soul.


  5. It is a lovely memorial for Craig, how wonderful people still celebrate his life.

  6. This has to be the most impressive memorial I have ever seen. It's so "natural" but also beautiful. Take care.

  7. Quite NICE rocks used for this man's memorial. I like the name of his boat.