Posted by: tireecottage | March 13, 2009

Trawler Wrecked

Scary headline, but this article was a long time ago. Taken from “The Scotsman Newspaper”, 25th August 1930, this was a story of a near miss at see near Tiree. Interesting story:

Crew Save themselves by Lifeboats

On Thursday morning, the Fleetwood trawler Saxon FD159 (Captain Ernest Christie), proceeding from the fishing grounds off Barra Head, struck a submerged rock on the Hough Skerries on the west side of Tiree. On striking , the vessel settled down, and the captain and crew had to abandon her, reaching Kilkenneth, Tiree in their lifeboats. The Hough Skerries are considered along the most dangerous reefs on the West of Scotland.

On arrival at Tiree, the crew were taken in charge by Mr Kenneth McKenzie, the local agent of the Shipwrecked Mariners Society, and provided with comforts and were forwarded later by the MacBrayne inner island steamer Lochearn to Oban. When the vessel struck the weather was dark and hazy, with a strong north westerly gale blowing. Owing to the exposed position of the wreck there is little hope of salving her. Only the top of the funnel and part of the bridge was above water. The crew , 12 in number loas all their effects, some of them very personal, but fortunately no lives were lost. The Saxon was one of the best known Fleetwood trawlers operating in the West Coast.


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