On 29 June 1904, SS Norge ran aground on a rock near the islet of Rockall, 200 miles west of the Scottish mainland in the Atlantic. The ship, which carried 750 emigrants from eastern and northern Europe to a new life in America, sank within minutes. 635 people drowned, 160 managed to escape in lifeboats. One of these was located by a fishingboat which put the survivors ashore at Stornoway. Nine succumbed to their ordeal and lie buried at Sandwick. Although I'm remembering this ahead of the date, I am flagging it up in order to remind that there were other maritime disasters with high casualty figures.
SS Titanic sank 97 years ago today with the loss of more than 1500. Although that is the worst loss of life at sea in peacetime, and should be remembered appropriately, the Norge and the Iolaire must not be forgotten either.
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