from the Iolaire website.
Newly digitised material is being made available for the first time to tell the story of one of the worst disasters in Scottish history.
More than 200 men from the Western Isles died on 1 January 1919 as their ship ran aground within sight of Stornoway harbour. HMY Iolaire had been bringing them home from the First World War.
The loss of so many lives in the Iolaire disaster devastated the islands and the pain continues to be felt to this day.
A new online resource in Gaelic and English has been produced in advance of the centenary of the tragedy in 2019, to ensure their story is never forgotten.
Produced by the National Library of Scotland, the Iolaire website presents historical newspapers, maps and documentary sources.
It also features reflections on the disaster from descendants – young and old – of survivors and of those who perished.
Read more in our Iolaire media release.
30 June 2017