Monday, May 26, 2014

Monday Mystery About A Lighthouse...!

Foe some reason, I find the lighthouse a perfect place for a mystery. Isolated, exposed, and quite often haunted. At least, reportedly so!

Today's story has all the makings of the true mystery. There's a mysterious storm, missing people, and no apparent clues to ponder! What more could you ask for?

The Eilean Mor Lighthouse Mystery

In 1900, the only living souls on the Scottish island of Eilean Mor were three lighthouse keepers, alone in the vast ocean.

The day after Christmas, a supply ship arrived at the island. To the crew’s surprise, the lighthouse keepers were not waiting for them on the island’s small dock. After blowing the ship’s horn and sending up a flare, there was still no activity on the island. A replacement lighthouse keeper named Joseph Moore was eventually sent to investigate.

As he climbed the narrow, rocky stairs leading up to the lighthouse, Moore recalled being struck with a sense of nameless dread. As he neared the door, he saw that it was unlocked. Stepping carefully inside, he also noticed that two of the three waterproof jackets usually kept in the hall were missing. Reaching the kitchen, he found the remains of a meal and a chair lying on the floor. The clock in the kitchen had stopped working. The lighthouse keepers were nowhere to be seen.

A further investigation revealed the disturbing final entries in the lighthouse log. The entry for December 12 was written by a keeper named Thomas Marshall. In it, Marshall claimed the island had been struck by severe winds, worse than anything he had experienced in his career. Even though the lighthouse was solid enough to outlast any storm, Marshall wrote that the Principal Keeper, James Ducat, was very quiet. The third keeper, William McArthur, was an experienced sailor and a famously tough tavern brawler. The log entry ended by noting that he had been crying.

Further entries recorded that the storm continued to rage for a few days. Secure in their lighthouse, the three men had nonetheless begun praying. The last entry stated: “Storm ended, sea calm. God is over all.” Though the lighthouse was visible from the nearby island of Lewis, no storms were reported in the Eilean Mor area during the days noted in the log entry.

Not exactly the kind of place you would want to spend the night, is it? Especially if it was storming! I wonder if there are many more mysteries involving lighthouses? Might be worth looking for!

Coffee out on the patio this Memorial Day! Don't forget to pay your respects to a vet, OK?


Gorges Smythe said...

Very strange; that's for sure.

Sixbears said...

Something unusual happened there.

Some of the romance has gone out of the world now that lighthouses are all automated.

JO said...

I certainly give you my respect Jim.
Thank you for your service.

Love mysteries. Light houses seem to have there share.

Right now the morning is just beautiful for sitting out side with a nice cup of coffee.

Dizzy-Dick said...

I love a good mystery, and this is not only a good one, it is a great one. I keep coming up with all kinds of scenarios, but we will never know what really happened. The storm, the lonely lighthouse, it all makes for a great mystery.

HermitJim said...

Hey Gorges...
It would certainly appear so!

Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Sixbears...
That it has, my friend! That it has!

Thanks for the visit today!

Hey Jo...
I appreciate it, sweetie.

Lighthouses all seem to have a history, that's for sure!

Thanks for dropping by, sweetie!

HermitJim said...

Hey Dizzy...
From the very start it sounds like a good mystery! All we need now is a campfire on the beach to sit around while telling it!

Thanks for stopping in today!

Mamahen said...

Very interesting ....Lighthouses are some of my favorite things and this is intriguing ...:))

Mamahen said...

I just wanted to add ...I hope you have a good Memorial Day and thank you for your service!

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