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The Lighthouse: The Mystery of the Eliean Mor Lighthouse Keepers

The Lighthouse: The Mystery of the Eliean Mor Lighthouse Keepers

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by Keith McCloskey
     
 

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What really happened to the mysteriously vanished lighthouse keepers—a true story, evocative of The Shining

On December 26, 1900, the vessel Hesperus arrived at Eilean Mor in the remote Outer Hebrides with relief lighthouse men and fresh provisions. Staffed by three keepers, the lighthouse had been in operation for a year, but

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What really happened to the mysteriously vanished lighthouse keepers—a true story, evocative of The Shining

On December 26, 1900, the vessel Hesperus arrived at Eilean Mor in the remote Outer Hebrides with relief lighthouse men and fresh provisions. Staffed by three keepers, the lighthouse had been in operation for a year, but no light had been seen from Eilean Mor for 10 days. Upon arrival, the superintendent, Robert Muirhead, found the lighthouse to be completely deserted, and a subsequent search of the surrounding island failed to show any sign of what happened to the keepers. The last entry in the lighthouse logbook had been made on December 15, and contained a number of strange and distressing entries that offered clues as to the mental state 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, inevitable theories surrounding the keepers' fates were soon put forward. These included a giant wave washing them away, murder and suicide by the men themselves, and more esoteric explanations, as Eilean Mor was believed to have mystical properties. This book explores this mysterious and chilling story in depth for the first time and reveals a shocking conclusion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780750953658
Publisher:
The History Press
Publication date:
10/01/2014
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
485,194
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

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

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The Lighthouse: The Mystery of the Eliean Mor Lighthouse Keepers 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
fenrirvolk More than 1 year ago
There is actually no mystery, author theory is very plausible and covered in 1 chapter. Unless you are fascinated by how light house keepers did their job, and less in a true mystery, this will not be the book for you. Took me 3 nights to get the point of what happened, only reason was I kept falling asleep.