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Fall of An Eagle

The wreck of the Iolaire

PICTURE the scene: December 31st, 1918. The war has been over for six weeks. At Kyle of Lochalsh in the north west of Scotland, several hundred young men of the Royal Navy are pouring off the trains which have brought them from London, to be taken by ship to the Western Isles for their first home leave of peace-time. Men from Skye, from the Uists, from Lewis and Harris - and two vessels, the Macbrayne mailboat SS Sheila, and His Majesty’s Steamship, Iolaire.

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