Fàilte! (Welcome!)

Fàilte! (Welcome!)
This blog is the result of my ongoing research into the people, places and events that have shaped the Western Isles of Scotland and, in particular, the 'Siamese-twins' of Harris and Lewis.
My interest stems from the fact that my Grandfather was a Stornowegian and, until about four years ago, that was the sum total of my knowledge, both of him and of the land of his birth.
I cannot guarantee the accuracy of everything that I have written (not least because parts are, perhaps, pioneering) but I have done my best to check for any errors.
My family mainly lived along the shore of the Sound of Harris, from An-t-Ob and Srannda to Roghadal, but one family 'moved' to Direcleit in the Baighs...

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Wednesday, 24 March 2010

'Westward Ho' at Stornoway

On the
30th May 2009
this 106ft, gaff-rigged ketch
from the Faroes visited

She was built
 and sold to the
Faroe Islanders

A small glimpse
of what would
have been a
familiar sight
in Stornoway
a century
or more

Built in 1884 by Leaver & Co., Grimsby as a fishing vessel. 
Launched as the WESTWARD HO. 
Tonnage 88.51 gross, 34.7 net, dim. 77 x 22.8 x 10.6ft. 
Original built with one mast, in 1925 converted to a ketch rigged fishing vessel. Sail area around 230 sq. ft.

Pictures of her under sail:

Information  from the
Tall Ships Race 2008

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