View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Monday, 15 August 2011

Monday 15 August

The day started with heavy downpours, which relented towards the midday mark. The tallship "Statsraad Lehmkuhl" was open to the public between 1pm and 4pm today, and I took advantage of the offer to have a look round. The post closes with some images of the visit. The ship is based at Bergen, Norway, and is nearly 100 years old. She was built at Bremerhaven, Germany, in 1914, and is 295 feet long, with masts of 160 ft high. She can reach 17 knots under sail, which is the same speed our ferry reach as a cruising speed. The ship departed Stornoway at 6 o'clock, bound for Dublin. It can carry up to 150 trainees, and has a normal crew of 17.

I had a look at the Uist witnesses for the Napier Inquiry, but am running into a few problems, such as two men of the same name, same age, and from the same township. I'll have to check in the library tomorrow. Library's closed on Mondays nowadays.