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The Lighthouse: The Mystery of the Eilean Mor Lighthouse Keepers

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    Available in PDF Format | The Lighthouse: The Mystery of the Eilean Mor Lighthouse Keepers.pdf | English
    Keith McCloskey(Author)
On 26 December 1900, the vessel Hesperus arrived at Eilean Mor in the remote Outer Hebrides with a relief lighthouseman and fresh provisions. The lighthouse had been in operation for a year, but it had been noted that no light had been seen from Eilean Mor for several days. The relief keeper, Joseph Moore, found the lighthouse to be completely deserted, and a subsequent search of the island failed to reveal any sign of what had happened to the three keepers.

The last entry in the logbook had been made on 15 December and contained a number of strange and distressing clues as to the mental states of the men. One was reported to have been crying, while another had become ‘very quiet’. When it was revealed that the men’s oilskin coats were missing and the clock in the lighthouse had stopped, theories surrounding the keepers’ fates inevitably proliferated. These included a giant wave washing them away, murder or suicide. Others favoured more esoteric explanations – Eilean Mor was believed to have mystical properties.

In The Lighthouse, Keith McCloskey explores this mysterious and chilling story in depth for the first time and reveals a shocking conclusion.

Keith McCloskey is the author of "Airwork: A History" and "Mountain of the Dead."

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  • PDF | 224 pages
  • Keith McCloskey(Author)
  • The History Press (22 July 2014)
  • English
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  • By Richard Bowden on 6 September 2017

    McCloskey's book is a good example of how to approach such a topic such as a 'famous mystery' that has been dealt with carelessly and sensationally down the years - to approach it, and its most likely reasonable explanation with an informed, calm and logical outlook. The unfortunate lighthouse keepers who are the subject of his book vanished, apparently with explanation, after a storm at the location and various myths and misinterpretations have grown up ever since. McCloskey examines all the evidence, official and otherwise, and the claims surrounding the mystery then makes a convincing case out for an entirely sensible solution to the story. Even after spiking the guns of those who claim this as the Marie Celeste of the lighthouse service, the reader is engrossed and entertained along the way with a book informed and well written. After reading this book you will really wonder what all the fuss was about, unless it was to sell more newspapers! At a cheap price, too, this can be well recommended.

  • By Paranago on 29 July 2016

    The Eileen Mor tragedy is not a true mystery as there is only one plausible explanation. All others are pure fancy. Bella Bathurst adequately explained this incident in three pages in her book about the Lighthouse Stevensons. McCloskey fills his book with all kinds of repetitious and irrelevant detail. I suspect had the book been properly edited, it wouldn't have had enough pages left for publication as a paperback!

  • By honesty_pie on 23 June 2016

    although interesting the subject is written to be quite dry, a lot of information about the history and life of lighthouse keepers so if that was your interest this would be more then helpful.

  • By grahamthe anchorman on 27 March 2016

    a very harrowing tale,it does get a bit technical in places but neverless gives you a insight of their lives as lighthouse keepers,a good read.

  • By Mr h on 8 March 2017

    Enjoyed reading this book an insight into the world of a lighthouse keepers, never mind the mystery.

  • By bryan on 4 April 2017

    I like a good story and this was it!!!

  • By D. Cooper on 11 January 2015

    I've been very interested in the mystery of the Flannan Isles for a number of years and have found the facts difficult to separate from the fiction and this book is a real definitive source of information. The author has meticulously researched the subject with a real flare for establishing even the smallest details, a real credit to him. I found the picture of the three missing keepers and the superintendent very haunting and visceral, a real treat for any enthusiast of the truth.There were a few lengthy and somewhat unnecessary asides which seem to stand alone without really connecting to the overall theme, and the conclusion could have been a bit more detailed hence the rating.

  • By Bertolucci on 26 March 2017

    Far from dragging down the narrative, all the background story of the planning, building & staffing of Eilean Mor lighthouse adds a lot of depth.McCloskey's favoured theory of the fate of the 3 keepers seems eminently logical when we understand the context of the mens' duties and responsibilities.Also, as anyone who grew up on the outer shores of the Atlantic knows: a combination of local weather conditions and the nature of the sea can be scarily unpredictable.A fine, solid and believable addition to the literature generated by this tragedy.

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