View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Sunday 15 April

After an overnight low of -1C / 30F, the day was bright but cold, with the mercury once more not managing more than 6C / 43F. Sunday is always quiet in Stornoway, and some people find it too quiet. However, restaurants are open, the pubs too, and you can even get petrol if need be. Just know where to find it all is the tricky bit if unfamiliar with the town.

I was awake until 2.20 am this morning, tracking the sinking of RMS Titanic 100 years ago through the Twitter feed of TitanicRealTime, now mothballed. Resuming to follow its output at 9 am, the figures of 700 survivors and 1500 dead really hit home. I have followed the feed for a couple of weeks, and up unto yesterday afternoon, it read like the journey of your average cruise. But once the references to ice started to creep in, the tale merged with history.

Having completed the transcriptions of the Napier Report, I have embarked on a new project, which is rather smaller in size; transcribing the Report from the Crofters Commission which went round in Lewis in 1902.