On 2nd of February 1883, the Bremen registered barque Charlotte left Antwerp bound for New York with a cargo of pig iron, steel wire and a large number of empty petroleum casks.
This is the tale of the difficulties encountered by the steam drifter Dewdrop, and the tragedy that befell some of her crew.
“There were at least 28 Irish sailors lost on HMS Hampshire”
On the 5th of June 1916 HMS Hampshire sank off the West coast of Mainland Orkney a tragedy that saw the loss of 737 lives including that of Earl Kitchener, Britain’s Secretary of State for War.
It’s a fair trek to the Covenanters Memorial at Deerness but for those who do the views from it are outstanding.
Here William tells of how machinery has changed over the years then goes on to recall a variety of noteworthy events