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Woodman: Soay, Soay Sound, Sea Of The Hebrides

Schooner (19th Century)

Site Name Woodman: Soay, Soay Sound, Sea Of The Hebrides

Classification Schooner (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) 'South Side Of Soay Island, Hebrides'; Island Of Soa; Cuillin Sound; Skye; Loch Scavaig; Woodman

Canmore ID 255927

Site Number NG41SW 8010

NGR NG 44 12

NGR Description NG c. 44 12

Datum Datum not recorded


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Maritime - Highland
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Maritime
  • Former County Not Applicable

Archaeology Notes

NG41SW 8010 c. 44 12

N57 8 W6 14

NLO: Soay [name: NG 44 12]

Soay Sound [name centred NG 44 16]

Loch Scavaig [name centred NG 49 15]

Skye [name centred NG 45 35].

Formerly entered as Unlocated.

Possibly on map sheets NG41NW, or NG41SE.

15 October 1868, WOODMAN, 31 yrs old, schooner, 70 tons, 4 crew, departed Easedale [Easdale] for Leith, carrying slates and one passenger (Master's wife), stranded, total loss, 2 lives lost, wind SW10, S. side of Soay Island, Hebrides.

Source: PP Abstracts Returns of Wrecks and Casualties on Coasts of the UK 1868-69 (1868 [4161] LV.667).

Corry-by-Broadford, Skye, 20th Oct. The WOODMAN (schnr.), of Berwick, from Easdale to Leith, with slates, struck on a ledge of rocks off the Island of Soa, on the SW coast of Skye, 15th Oct.: crew saved: master and his wife drowned.

Source: LL, No. 17,012, London, Thursday, October 22 1868.

NMRS, MS/829/68 (no. 2382).

(Classified as wooden schooner, with cargo of slates: date of loss cited as 15 October 1868). Woodman: this vessel was wrecked on a ledge off the Isle of Soa [Soay], Skye.

Registration: Berwick. Built 1837. 70grt. Length: 19m. Beam: 5m.

(Location of loss cited as N57 8.0 W6 15.0).

I G Whittaker 1998.

The map sheet assigned to this record is essentially arbitrary, being derived from the unverified location of loss that is cited by Whittaker. The location of the 'Isle of Soa, Skye' cannot be established, but there is a Soa Island at NM 245 193, off Iona.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 23 March 2004.

Per contra the above, the estensive island of Soay lies to the SW of Skye, between Skye and Rhum (Rum), and across the W side of the ill-defined entrance to Loch Scavaig. The location assigned to this record is essentially tentative.

The Cuillin Sound is not noted as such on the 1999 edition of the OS map, but the term is applied to the waters between Rum (to the SW) and the SE part of Skye (to the NE).

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 25 February 2008.


Reference (2011)

Whittaker ID : 11926


Latitude : 570800

Longitude : 61500

Date Built : 1837

Registration : BERWICK


Tonnage : 70

Tonnage Code : G

Length : 19

Beam : 5

Loss Day : 15

Loss Month : 10

Loss Year : 1868

Comment : Wrecked on ledge off Isle of Soa, Skye

Cargo : SLATES


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