Earlier this May, on a cold and windy day on the Mull of Oa in #Scotland, a commemorative wreath laying service was held to remember the troop ships Tuscania and Otranto. The monument you see here was built by the American #RedCross in memory of the U.S. soldiers who gave their lives for their country. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In 1918, the Tuscania was carrying U.S. troops headed to the front lines in #WWI when it was torpedoed by a German U boat in the North Channel. Over 200 men were lost. The ship sank seven miles off the Mull of Oa where this monument now stands. In the wake of the disaster, the American Red Cross provided relief to the survivors and sent U.S. nurses to help care for wounded from its hospital at Mossley Hill in Liverpool.
In October 1918, the Otranto, also carrying US troops, collided with another ship in its convoy during a storm that impaired their navigational equipment. This accident happened on the west side of the island in Machir Bay. More than 400 lives were lost. In both tragic events, the island residents were tasked with pulling the survivors from the sea, caring for them, and burying the victims. #WW100Scotland 📸Credits: 1-2) Susan Watson, 3) Les Wilson