Scottish Highlands

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West Coast and Inner Hebrides

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Eigg’s electric grid

The photographs were taken in spring 2010 on a 9-day cruise with Lord of the Glens, the only passanger ship that can navigate both the Caledonian Canal and the open sea.

The main camera used is a Nikon D700 with a Nikkor 24-70mm 1:2.8 or a Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8 lens. Photos taken with the latter are marked TELEPHOTO below the images. Additionally, a Nikon D300 with a Nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 lens was used. Part of these photographs were made by my wife Tove, those are marked Tove.

Images copyright 2010 - 2021 by G.W.Schnell. All rights reserved.

The Cromwellian Shipwreck

This incident took place on 13 September 1653, when a Cromwellian task-force under Colonel Ralph Cobbett invaded Mull to wipe out the staunchly royalist Macleans of Duart.
With three of his ships lost, Cobbett called off the attack and returned to Dumbarton.
In 1979 a shipwreck was found off Duart Point and identified as one of Cobbett’s vessels - probably the Swan. It is now protected as a historic wreck. An exhibition of the archaeological work is displayed in the Castle.
“… there hapned a most violent storme, which continued for 16 or 18 hours together, in which wee lost a small Man of Warre called the Swan that came from Aire, the Martha and Margrett of Ipswich, wherein was all our remayning stores of ammunation and provision, only the great Guns and Morterpeeces were saved. But that which was most sad was the loss of the Speedwell of Lyn, where all the men that were in her, being 23 seamen and souldiers (except one) were drowned … and all this in sight of our Men att land, who saw their friends drowning, and heard them crying for helpe, but could not save them.”
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