Then why their disappearance became a real mystery, often added to the paranormal books? Mostly because of the speculations that were added along the years. But let’s first see what we really know about what happened those days.
The first hint of anything untoward on the Flannan Isles came on 15 December 1900. It is not true that the steamer Archtor didn’t noted anything strange. The vessel actually noted the light was not operational. It was not reported on arrival at Oban simply because the ship run agroung in the Firth of Forth. The Captain, busy with the repair of the ship totally forgot about the fact. Later on, when explicitly asked, he reported the lighthouse wasn’t working.
The storm that hit the islands those days was so violent that no other ship crossed those waters (thus no one reported the light wasn’t operational). Even the relief vessel, the lighthouse tender Hesperus, with the rotating fourth man on board, wasn’t able to approach Flannan Isles for a whole week, until December 26. The flagstaff was bare of its flag, none of the usual provision boxes had been left on the landing stage for re-stocking, and more ominously, none of the lighthouse keepers were there to welcome them ashore. A strident blast was whistled by the Hesperus, with no answer. Did you like the post? Comment, tag a friend and double tap, let us know what’s your opinion! ⚠️ don't forget to turn the notifications on, so you never miss a post!!👍👍