It’s all in their mind. They’re waving at nothing, running, terrified. He meant this post to begin 2015, but after viewing the findings and follow-up, he’s been dragging his feet about writing it up, as it literally dredges up a huge and ancient and mythic can of worms with big nasty teeth that precious few responsible adults want brought to the surface. Sometimes due to weather, the lights were not seen for four of five consecutive nights, but the long duration was a very surprising occurrence which raised alarm on Leith. Ducat and Macarthur were married men and Marshall was single. In 1920, an American magazine published the following as the final entries: Dec. 12: Gale, north by north-west.

The crane itself is safe. An extensive search confirmed what Moore already suspected. Love mysteries and, as we'll probably never know the truth of it, that’s what it will probably remain. Three lighthouses in Dumfries and Galloway were used for filming locations - Killantringan, Mull of Galloway and Corsewall , along with Cloch in the Firth of Clyde. God is over all.”. The very next evening, December 15, Captain Holman, skipper of the SS Archer sailing nearby, noted that the Eilean Mor lighthouse had gone dark and reported this to the nearest shore station by Morse code. On our arrival there this afternoon no sign of life was to be seen on the Island. Sweating, hallucinating, like something is chasing them. The crane originally erected on this platform was washed away during last winter, and the crane put up this summer was found to be unharmed, the jib lowered and secured to the rock, and the canvas covering the wire rope on the barrel securely lashed round it, and there was no evidence that the men had been doing anything at the crane. To keep him company through the winter nights John took a partner, a diminutive Skye Terrier, called Bobby. The Flannan Isles are located 32 km (20 miles) from their closest neighbor, the Isle of Lewis .Steeped in fantastical tales of hauntings, E… http://www.lighthousedigest.com/Digest/StoryPage.cfm?StoryKey=2267, Jack, A. We seek to retell the story of our beginnings. MacKenzie stated (and I have since verified this), that the lights sometimes cannot be seen for four of five consecutive nights, but he was beginning to be anxious at not seeing it for such a long period, and had, for two nights prior to its reappearance, been getting the assistance of the natives to see if it could be discerned. I was with the Keepers for more than a month during the summer of 1899, when everyone worked hard to secure the early lighting of the Station before winter, and, working along with them, I appreciated the manner in which they performed their work. And restraint. I have repeated this wire to Muirhead in case you are not at home. Just what was going on here?

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He also wrote that the crane platform above the western landing was fine, but that a life buoy had also disappeared. McArthur was an Occasional Keeper, who was on duty in place of a regular member of staff, William Ross, who was on sick leave. How’s that for mysterious? Ducat often told his family that the conditions at the highly exposed lighthouse on Eilean Mor were dangerous and he had to be persuaded to stay at his job. On the 12th December, Thomas Marshall, the second assistant, wrote of ‘severe winds the likes of which I have never seen before in twenty years’. It is a tantalizing view into an era when lighthouse keepers were not yet obsolete; a testament to the times when there were the few stalwart individuals who risked life and limb in the face of cold hardship to keep sea passages safe. Even before they arrived it was apparent that something was decidedly amiss.

Eilean Mor was once a Viking outpost, and a ghostly Viking longboat was said to haunt the local seas. What is also mysterious is that William McArthur was an experienced mariner and lighthouse man, and was known on the mainland as a tough sort. The problem with this explanation is that, while the boots, coats and oilskins belonging to Ducat and Marshall were missing, Donald MacArthur’s were still inside. Cannot go out. http://www.mikedash.com/extras/forteana/eilean/eilean-paper, Demetriou, D. (2000). Although the island seemed to be the perfect place to establish a congregation, the worshipers believed in the island’s supernatural powers. Mysterious Universe is a property of 8th Kind Pty Ltd, Strange Legends and Mysteries at Japan’s Fear Mountain, Astronomers May Have Located Our Moon’s “Long-Lost Twin”, Antarctic Structures, Godzilla Wasps, Parallel Universes and More Mysterious News Briefly — November 5, 2020, A Mad Scientist’s Insane Quest for a Human-Ape Hybrid, The Mysterious Giant Invisible Structures of the Milky Way, Truly Mysterious Cases of Spontaneous Human Teleportation, Born in an Animal Sanctuary, She’s Now a Real Dr. Doolittle Who Sleeps Among Big Cats. Our open community is dedicated to digging into the origins of our species on planet earth, and question wherever the discoveries might take us. Guys out of their minds, mad. I darted out and made for the landing. The lamp was cleaned. Kidnapped off the island by Pirates or a foreign power.

[PART 1]. Eilean Mòr is named after Flannán mac Toirrdelbaig, who was an Irish saint who lived in the 7th century and was the son of an Irish chieftain, Turlough of Thomond. The island’s tiny dock, upon which at least someone should have been waiting, was empty, there was no relief flag flying in the wind as there should have been, and blowing the ship’s horn and sending up flares produced no response. Sheep herders, who were the only ones known to regularly visit the island, called it “The Other Country,” and believed it to be populated by spirits, fairy folk, elves, and other supernatural beings, as well as giant birds which were said to prowl the area. It is now monitored from the Butt of Lewis and the shore station has been converted into apartments. Harvey accounted later that he had a bad feeling about this trip but couldn’t explain why. The fountain full.

Macarthur praying. Were there mysteries of the sea that most people cannot even fathom plaguing these sentinels upon their rocky perches? Whatever the reason for their disappearance, something (or someone) snatched those three men from the rock of Eilean Mor on that winter’s day over 100 years ago. Archaeologists excavating on the legendary Arthur's Seat summit in Scotland’s capital city have discovered the foundations of an ancient Edinburgh hillfort. Copyright © Mysterious Universe. That visit by Captain Harvie’s ship was to prove to be the start of one of the most enduring and mysterious disappearance mysteries in Scottish history. Robert Muirhead, the superintendent in charge of the lighthouse confirmed Moore’s account, adding that the dishes had been washed and the kitchen cleaned.

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