Just back from a visit to see my in-laws on the Western Isles and after four years of thinking about it I finally manage to take some kit and dive on the wreck of HMY Iolaire.
For those that have not heard of her, she accounts for the biggest loss of life in the UK out with war time after the Titanic and yet, very few know about her. She was lost on New Years Day 1919 on route home from Kyle of Lochalsh and perished in a storm only a few metres from shore in sight of Stornaway harbour with the loss of 205 poor souls who had just survived the Great War. This loss nearly wiped out a generation of men folk on the islands and for this reason, was not talked about until recent times when the 100 year anniversary was being planned which Prince Charles attended.
The wreck was heavily salvaged many years ago (which again is kept quiet!) so is now more of a debris field than wreck site but she still deserves a visit due to the historical events surrounding her loss
Video above shot by Chris Murray previously but gives you an idea of what can be seen. Main events are large boiler and cut prop shaft along with remains of ribs and plates. I also managed to find the remains of the bow section jammed into a narrow gully but again, anchors, chains, guns etc all taken by salvors. Chris had the benefit of boat cover and no doubt an echofinder to locate the boiler where-as I had to swim from shore and follow my nose. This is maybe why the bow is not on his footage as it would be hard to find if starting at the boiler (the wreck obviously broke up on the rocks against the shore before sinking)
Very atmospheric dive on huge piece of local history