Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Memorial

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.

7 comments:

  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.
    Gem~

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  2. springangel2352 April 2008 at 11:35

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

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  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.

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  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.

    Jeanie

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

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

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

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