Memorial to lighthouse keepers missing in 115-year-old mystery
The Flannan Lighthouse disappearance is one of the most puzzling incidents in Scottish history.
Plans for a memorial to three lighthouse keepers who vanished without trace 115 years ago are set to be revealed.
The Flannan Lighthouse incident is one of the most puzzling mysteries in Scottish history.
It began on Boxing Day 1900, when a party was sent to the lighthouse after a passing ship noticed its light had gone dark.
They found an untouched meal set out on the table, a toppled chair, two sets of oilskins and a starving canary - but no sign of the lighthouse keepers.
Theories about their fate have included murder, ghosts and alien abduction.
But the most commonly accepted idea is that the unlucky keepers were simply washed away by a wave.
Noreen MacDonald, clerk of Breasclete Community Council, which has led the bid to build a memorial to the men, said: “It came to our attention that there has never been a memorial to the lighthouse keepers.
“It has taken us a year to get the plans finalised and now we are ready to put in an application for funding to Creative Scotland. But before we do that we want to open it up to the community.”
The memorial will take the shape of the rock Flannan Lighthouse stands on with a lighthouse on top and a bronze wave sweeping across front of the stone.
The plans will go on display at Breasclete Community Centre between 11am and 2pm this Saturday.
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