Dead-eye, St Kilda

Dead-eye, St Kilda by Betty Tindal – found on St Kilda in 2006 A pulley really From an old sailing ship, in my hand, tactile, evocative. See where the ropes bit, smoothing and polishing the timber? Was it this that saved it from a winter fire? Here in my hands a...

Sightlines

New books on St Kilda have usually been well advertised by their publishers in recent years, so keeping up with the ever expanding literature of St Kilda is not difficult. However, avid readers of anything new on St Kilda may have missed an account by a visitor to St...

Thank you members of the St Kilda Club

Following the recent correspondence sent out to all the members of the St Kilda Club, I felt I had to say a huge THANK YOU to you all! The number of people visiting the website has increased, and the number of ‘likes’ on Facebook and followers on Twitter...

Headline News – Today, 29 August 1930

At 5am this morning, HMS Harebell lowered her whaler. Ship’s log, 29/08/1930: “Embarked the inhabitants of St Kilda, 14 women, 13 men, 15 Children.”  Later, “Everyone on board. Hoisted boat. 08.02 hrs Weighed. Proceeded 11.5 knots” With this laconic entry, the...

From the misty isles – Work Party 3 update

Poor Donald and Work Party 3 on St Kilda are still having bad weather, here’s Donald’s latest blog, and the last from the island: Weather continues misty, light rain and with the hill tops in mist – this has gone on for 2 weeks now. The joke is playing a...

Where has summer gone? More from Work Party 3

Yesterday began damp and misty (as usual!). However during the morning it gradually dried up, though the cloud level remained below the top of Dun. This enabled work on painting the gun to resume (again, a holding measure to last it through the winter). Christine and...

Slates and more rain from Work Party 3

The 23rd ended with the Work Party members helping Julie to celebrate her birthday, and yesterday began with the arrival of another cruise ship. The weather unfortunately has continued to be miserable, so the 60+ poor souls who ventured ashore were on the whole not...

All work and no play! from St Kilda Work Party 3

Yesterday was another day of work, with some tasks beginning to be completed, other tasks were started. Some small wall tumbles were repaired, and work on painting the  doors of the church and schoolroom continued.  Each task takes several days – removing fixtures,...