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Iolaire Centenary Sculpture
Iolaire Centenary Sculpture
Iolaire Centenary Sculpture
Iolaire Centenary Sculpture
Iolaire Centenary Sculpture
Iolaire Centenary Sculpture
Iolaire Centenary Sculpture
Iolaire Centenary Sculpture

© the artists. Image credit: An Lanntair

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The memorial site overlooks the location where the HMY Iolaire foundered on the so-called Beasts of Holm in the early hours of New Year’s Day 1919 with 201 men losing their lives. Two bronzes within a semi-circular stone enclosure bear the names of those who died and the communities they came from. The central bronze sculpture depicts a large coiled heaving-line in reference to the heroism of John Finlay Macleod who swam ashore with the rope that saved 40 men. The second bronze is a wreath composed of maritime insignia wall-mounted within the enclosure. Commissioned by An Lanntair and now in the care / custody of the community via the Comhairle.

An Lanntair

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis


Iolaire Centenary Sculpture




granite, bronze & metal

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War memorial


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Kenneth Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Western Isles HS1 2DS Scotland

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