When I Heard the Bell: The Loss of the Iolaire

4.14 avg rating
( 51 ratings by Goodreads )
)  
9781841588582: When I Heard the Bell: The Loss of the Iolaire
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

On 31 December 1918, hours from the first New Year of peace, hundreds of Royal Naval Reservists from the Isle of Lewis poured off successive trains onto the quayside at Kyle of Lochalsh. A chaotic Admiralty had made no adequate arrangements for their safe journey home. Corners were cut, an elderly and recently requisitioned steam-yacht was sent from Stornoway, and that evening HMY Iolaire sailed from Kyle of Lochalsh, grossly overloaded and with life-belts for less than a third of all on board. The Iolaire never made it. At two in the morning, in pitch-black and stormy conditions, she piled onto rocks only yards from the harbour entrance and just half a mile from Stornoway pier, where thronged friends and relatives eagerly awaited the return of their heroes. 205 men drowned, 188 of them natives of Lewis and Harris - men who had come through all the alarms and dangers of the First World War only to die on their own doorstep, at the mouth of a harbour many could themselves have navigated with ease, on a day precious to Highlanders for family, celebration and togetherness. The loss of the Iolaire remains the worst peacetime British disaster at sea since the sinking of the Titanic. Yet, beyond the Western Isles, few have ever heard of what is not only one of the cruellest events in our history but an extraordinary maritime mystery - a tale not only of bureaucrats in a hurry, unfathomable Naval incompetence and abiding, official contempt for the lives of Highlanders, but of individual heroism, astonishing escapes, heart-rending anecdote and the resilience and faith of a remarkable people. In the first English account and on the ninetieth anniversary of the 'dark ship', John MacLeod tells the story of the Iolaire, the astonishing commitment of the people of Lewis to the war against the Kaiser, its sickening end, and the way of life the disaster effectively destroyed - a tipping-point, he argues, in the overthrow of an old human economy and which deprived the Isle of Lewis of an entire generation.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

'evocative and wholly magnificent' --Roger Hutchinson, The Scotsman

About the Author:

John MacLeod was born in Lochaber in 1966. After graduating from Edinburgh University, he began his career at BBC Highland in Inverness and quickly established himself as a freelance writer. He won Scottish Journalist of the Year in 1991 and contributed regularly to The Scotsman and The Herald. He is presently a columnist with the Scottish Daily Mail and is the author of several books. He lives on a croft on the west side of Lewis with a small, elderly dog, two melodeons, a 4-oven Aga and far too many chickens. He is the author of Banner in the West, also published by Birlinn.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9781841587929: When I Heard the Bell

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  1841587923 ISBN 13:  9781841587929
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd, 2008
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

John MacLeod
Published by Birlinn General, United Kingdom (2010)
ISBN 10: 184158858X ISBN 13: 9781841588582
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Birlinn General, United Kingdom, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English. Brand new Book. On 31 December 1918, hours from the first New Year of peace, hundreds of Royal Naval Reservists from the Isle of Lewis poured off successive trains onto the quayside at Kyle of Lochalsh. A chaotic Admiralty had made no adequate arrangements for their safe journey home. Corners were cut, an elderly and recently requisitioned steam-yacht was sent from Stornoway, and that evening HMY Iolaire sailed from Kyle of Lochalsh, grossly overloaded and with life-belts for less than a third of all on board. The Iolaire never made it. At two in the morning, in pitch-black and stormy conditions, she piled onto rocks only yards from the harbour entrance and just half a mile from Stornoway pier, where thronged friends and relatives eagerly awaited the return of their heroes. 205 men drowned, 188 of them natives of Lewis and Harris - men who had come through all the alarms and dangers of the First World War only to die on their own doorstep, at the mouth of a harbour many could themselves have navigated with ease, on a day precious to Highlanders for family, celebration and togetherness. The loss of the Iolaire remains the worst peacetime British disaster at sea since the sinking of the Titanic.Yet, beyond the Western Isles, few have ever heard of what is not only one of the cruellest events in our history but an extraordinary maritime mystery - a tale not only of bureaucrats in a hurry, unfathomable Naval incompetence and abiding, official contempt for the lives of Highlanders, but of individual heroism, astonishing escapes, heart-rending anecdote and the resilience and faith of a remarkable people. In the first English account and on the ninetieth anniversary of the 'dark ship', John MacLeod tells the story of the Iolaire, the astonishing commitment of the people of Lewis to the war against the Kaiser, its sickening end, and the way of life the disaster effectively destroyed - a tipping-point, he argues, in the overthrow of an old human economy and which deprived the Isle of Lewis of an entire generation. Seller Inventory # ABS9781841588582

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
9
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Macleod, John
Published by Birlinn (2010)
ISBN 10: 184158858X ISBN 13: 9781841588582
New Paperback Quantity Available: 12
Seller:
booksXpress
(Freehold, NJ, U.S.A.)

Book Description Birlinn, 2010. Paperback. Condition: new. Seller Inventory # 9781841588582

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
10.71
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

MacLeod, John
Published by Birlinn General (2010)
ISBN 10: 184158858X ISBN 13: 9781841588582
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Birlinn General, 2010. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # BS-9781841588582

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
10.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Macleod, John
Published by Birlinn 5/7/2010 (2010)
ISBN 10: 184158858X ISBN 13: 9781841588582
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 17
Seller:
Book Bunker USA
(Havertown, PA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Birlinn 5/7/2010, 2010. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 184158858X *Brand new* Ships from USA within 72 hours of order. Seller Inventory # 9781841588582

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
9.21
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.18
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

John MacLeod
Published by Birlinn General, United Kingdom (2010)
ISBN 10: 184158858X ISBN 13: 9781841588582
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Birlinn General, United Kingdom, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English. Brand new Book. On 31 December 1918, hours from the first New Year of peace, hundreds of Royal Naval Reservists from the Isle of Lewis poured off successive trains onto the quayside at Kyle of Lochalsh. A chaotic Admiralty had made no adequate arrangements for their safe journey home. Corners were cut, an elderly and recently requisitioned steam-yacht was sent from Stornoway, and that evening HMY Iolaire sailed from Kyle of Lochalsh, grossly overloaded and with life-belts for less than a third of all on board. The Iolaire never made it. At two in the morning, in pitch-black and stormy conditions, she piled onto rocks only yards from the harbour entrance and just half a mile from Stornoway pier, where thronged friends and relatives eagerly awaited the return of their heroes. 205 men drowned, 188 of them natives of Lewis and Harris - men who had come through all the alarms and dangers of the First World War only to die on their own doorstep, at the mouth of a harbour many could themselves have navigated with ease, on a day precious to Highlanders for family, celebration and togetherness. The loss of the Iolaire remains the worst peacetime British disaster at sea since the sinking of the Titanic.Yet, beyond the Western Isles, few have ever heard of what is not only one of the cruellest events in our history but an extraordinary maritime mystery - a tale not only of bureaucrats in a hurry, unfathomable Naval incompetence and abiding, official contempt for the lives of Highlanders, but of individual heroism, astonishing escapes, heart-rending anecdote and the resilience and faith of a remarkable people. In the first English account and on the ninetieth anniversary of the 'dark ship', John MacLeod tells the story of the Iolaire, the astonishing commitment of the people of Lewis to the war against the Kaiser, its sickening end, and the way of life the disaster effectively destroyed - a tipping-point, he argues, in the overthrow of an old human economy and which deprived the Isle of Lewis of an entire generation. Seller Inventory # BZV9781841588582

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
13.04
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

John Macleod
Published by Birlinn Ltd 2010-05-07, Edinburgh (2010)
ISBN 10: 184158858X ISBN 13: 9781841588582
New paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)

Book Description Birlinn Ltd 2010-05-07, Edinburgh, 2010. paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 9781841588582

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
8.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 4.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

John Macleod
Published by Birlinn Ltd (2010)
ISBN 10: 184158858X ISBN 13: 9781841588582
New Paperback Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
The Monster Bookshop
(Fleckney, United Kingdom)

Book Description Birlinn Ltd, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. BRAND NEW ** SUPER FAST SHIPPING FROM UK WAREHOUSE ** 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. Seller Inventory # mon0000411449

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
8.89
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 12.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Macleod, John
Published by Birlinn General (2010)
ISBN 10: 184158858X ISBN 13: 9781841588582
New Softcover First Edition Quantity Available: 3
Seller:

Book Description Birlinn General, 2010. Condition: New. 2010. 1st Edition Thus. Paperback. An account on the ninetieth anniversary of the 'dark ship' that tells the story of the Iolaire, the astonishing commitment of the people of Lewis to the war against the Kaiser, its sickening end, and the way of life the disaster effectively destroyed. Num Pages: 272 pages, maps. BIC Classification: 1DBKS; 3JJG; HBJD1; HBLW; HBTM. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 199 x 148 x 23. Weight in Grams: 330. . . . . . Seller Inventory # V9781841588582

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
13.72
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 8.54
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

John Macleod
Published by Birlinn Ltd 2015-06-02 (2015)
ISBN 10: 184158858X ISBN 13: 9781841588582
New Paperback Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)

Book Description Birlinn Ltd 2015-06-02, 2015. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 6666-GRD-9781841588582

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
7.92
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 14.35
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

John MacLeod
Published by Birlinn General
ISBN 10: 184158858X ISBN 13: 9781841588582
New Paperback / softback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)

Book Description Birlinn General. Paperback / softback. Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 3 working days. Seller Inventory # B9781841588582

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
10.66
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 11.95
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book