Pedants’ Corner on Kilchoman beach, Isle of Islay

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Picture of writing in the sand on a beach, correcting a mistake in an earlier writing
Pedants’ Corner on Kilchoman beach, Isle of Islay

The wreck in the middle of Kilchoman beach, below the high water line, is believed to be the Patti, an early steamship with a square boiler wrecked in the 1840s. The remains of the Mary Ann are at the very top of the beach in the north.

Wreck of the SS Wasa on Balnahard beach, Isle of Colonsay

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Picture of the wreck of an old steam ship on a beach, only a few planks and bolts remain
Wreck of the SS Wasa on Balnahard beach, Isle of Colonsay

Almost 100 years before this picture was taken in April 2019 the steam ship Wasa caught fire off Colonsay in May 1920. A nearby Fleetwood trawler was able to rescue 24 of the 28 aboard and towed the burning Wasa to Colonsay where she was beached at Balnahard (Tràigh Bàn). Today only parts of the keel held together by various iron bolts as well as some other metal parts remain. Washed up fishing nets are getting caught on the bolts.