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The small coasters Eilean Mo Graidh and Eilean Eisdeal, seen here together in Ayr Harbour some years ago

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Did the Eilean Mo Graidh, come to grief in Lochmaddy, I have something telling me she did, but the old memory could be playing up, did the two in the pic belong to Easdale Shipping co?
 

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Yes - belonged to Easdale Shipping Company. Recall there was some incident with the Eilean Mo Graidh some years ago, whether it was at Lochmaddy or not I could not say, I thought it was her who pranged the light on that rock leaving Castlebay, Barra, but I may be wrong about that. I do recall noting that at the time - will check my old notes - if 'she' hasn't thrown them out yet !
 

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Back again, Jimmy :

Found my notes on the incident.

Eilean Mo Graidh struck the Sgeir Dubh (sometime referred to as Dubh Sgeir) navigation light structure, in Vatersay Sound, near Castlebay, Barra, 19:55 hours on 2nd October 1990. Light Number 4012 was rendered inoperative and, in fact, destroyed, lying on its side some 8 or 9 feet away from where it has previously stood. Meantime, with damage to the vessel being limited to denting above her waterline, she proceeded on her passage to Carrickfergus, County Antrim. A few days later the NLC Tender 'Pole Star' worked on the installaion of temporary buoys and lights whilst plans were quickly drawn up for a permanent replacement structure to carry the navigational warning light - no doubt a bill that would eventually find its way to the Easdale Shipping Line's insurers.
 

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Never heard of that - but quite possible - I was often away travelling around that time.
 

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