posted on Oct, 7 2013 @ 06:17 AM
reply to post by rufusT
Please excuse my doodling skills...!! I only really know how to make things like this through Screenshots and Paint..
I hope you are ok with me plotting your points in the images..
Ok so first image is to show you guys where we are: myself and purplemer live on the peninsula in the red circle. You were on Skye, blue circle just a
bit further North above where the 'A' pin is.. I also circled Lewis and Harris just so folks know..
2nd image: circled are the Military Base and the cluster of bunkers where we live - its a harsh place to live in sometimes but sometimes we get to
witness awesome things..!
3rd image: in orange is the Flannan Isles where a 3 man team who were operating the Lighthouse disappeared in 1900. The disappearances are still a
mystery today..! We could see the Flannans Lighthouse flashing just under the horizon of the sea and well below cloud cover. So the Lighthouse was not
the cause of the beam we saw. In red again is the peninsula where we live. And I have attempted to show where the beam was originating and how I saw
it. This is a rough sketch though..!
4th image: in purple is roughly where you were Rufus (I think - please correct if not), in blue is where me and purplemer were.. and I have tried to
give you an idea of what I can remember the direction of the beam and the length we could see it to. This is not to scale.. It seemed clear that
whatever the origin of this beam was hidden behind the clouds and you could see this glow in the clouds which we thought was the source..
We have a wet and windy day here today. But if it clears up I am going to take some photos and try to recreate what this beam looked like in the
A bit more of the Flannans Lighthouse.. The official explanation was that a huge wave had come and taken the men away. But no one really knows for
The first hint of anything untoward on the Flannan Isles came on 15 December 1900. The steamer Archtor on passage from Philadelphia to Leith
passed the islands in poor weather and noted that the light was not operational. This was reported on arrival at Oban although no immediate action
seems to have been taken. The island lighthouse was manned by a three-man team (Thomas Marshall, James Ducat and Donald Macarthur), with a rotating
fourth man spending time on shore. The relief vessel, the lighthouse tender Hesperus, was unable to set out on a routine visit from Lewis planned for
20 December due to adverse weather and did not arrive until noon on Boxing Day (26 December). On arrival, the crew and relief keeper found that the
flagstaff was bare of its flag, none of the usual provision boxes had been left on the landing stage for re-stocking and, more ominously, none of the
lighthouse keepers were there to welcome them ashore. Jim Harvie, captain of the Hesperus, gave a strident blast on his whistle and set off a distress
flare, but no reply was forthcoming.
A set of oilskins was found, suggesting that one of the keepers had left the lighthouse without them, which was surprising considering the
severity of the weather. The only sign of anything amiss in the lighthouse was an overturned chair by the kitchen table. Of the keepers there was no
sign, either inside the lighthouse or anywhere on the island.
One last thing.. I am not sure what this was.. But I have never seen anything like it and I wonder if we will ever know what it was...!