Monday, August 6, 2012

Wreck of the Witton, 1879

Islay is sadly associated historically with many shipwrecks, some of them very well documented. Here's one I haven't come across before:

'Intelligence has been received in Glasgow that during the storm  on the night on the 7th, the German schooner Witton was wrecked off the Mull of Oa, in the island of Islay. The master, Captain Bottleman, his wife, and the cook were drowned. The remainder of the the crew, four in number, succeeded in reaching the land' (Times, 13 January 1879).

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