Tall Ships Maritime History Display

In conjunction with the Stornoway Port Authority and to celebrate this year’s Tall Ships event, the Society are presenting a small maritime themed exhibition in the Ferry Terminal from 11th July through to the end of the month. There are three main themes:- The...

Battery ploys

This piece was part of a lecture given by Roddy J. MacLeod (Barts) to the Stornoway Historical Society in November 2010. Further recollections will follow. Battery as a Paradise in which to Fish and Play Any description of the ploys and pastimes of Battery Boys and...

The Goody – Shops

  Stornoway in the thirties was a much smaller town than it is today and for children it was stratified by where they lived. By virtue of having my home down town on Bank Street and a Grannie living in Bayhead I had a foot in both camps. We had tremendous freedom as...

Captain Benjamin Oliver

  “Skillful Seaman, Gallant Officer, Honest Man”. These descriptions on the gravestone of Captain Benjamin Oliver in Old Sandwick Cemetery sum up the life of one of Stornoway’s interesting characters who still lives on in the name...

Iolaire Disaster

1st January 1919 The loss of His Majesty’s Yacht Iolaire in the early hours of New Year’s Day 1919 is undoubtedly the most tragic single occurrence to befall the combined island of Lewis and Harris.   In all 174 Lewismen and seven Harrismen were drowned at the Beasts...