Old and new at and in the Sound of Islay

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Picture of an old cannon pointing at a modern ferryI should think it’s well over a 100 years since this cannon was pointed at a ship in anger (if it ever was), now this very old cannon is standing outside the old RNLI station at Port Askaig at the Sound of Islay. The still quite new departing MV Finlaggan below the Paps of Jura in the distance.

What remains of the Wyre Majestic in April 2017, Isle of Islay

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Picture of the remains of a wreck in a sound between two islandsTime is finally taking its toll. While in 1998 the wreck of the Wyre Majestic (who ran aground in 1974) was still largely complete the strong currents in the Sound of Islay have finally managed to wear down the once proud ship and only a small section of the stern remains.

The wreck of the Wyre Majestic in 1998, Isle of Islay

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Picture of the wreck of a fishing trawler stranded on a rocky shoreOne of my oldest Islay pictures, taken during my very first visit to Islay in July 1998 (before digital cameras, scanned from a print). The Wyre Majestic ran aground at Rubha a’ Mhail near Bunnahabhain in October 1974, opposite the Paps of Jura on the other side of the Sound of Islay.

This is how the remains of the wreck looked almost 20 years later in April 2017.