Wrecked Steamship Floristan at Kilchiaran Bay Islay

The Strick Line Steamship Floristan, built by J. Readhead in South Shields, had been loaded at Manchester with a varied cargo including locomotive parts ad military stores. She set sail on 15th January 1942 for Freetown and the Persian Gulf and reached Islay where she was to await the assembly of a convoy. The exact reason for her wrecking is not know but at 9.30pm on the 19th of january she ran aground at the entrance to Kilchiaran Bay. The Port Askaig Lifeboat was launched at 11:35pm but by the time she reached the stranded vessel the crew had already reached the shore safely in the ship's boats.

The above extract from the book Argyll Shipwrecks is just one example of a wrecked ship in Islay's waters. The list of Shipwrecks in Islay waters is very long and has names on it of which we can be reminded even today. Various monuments and graves remind us of the tragedies that took place in the treacherous seas around the island such as the loss of the troopships Otranto and Tuscania. Also the tragedy with the Exmouth has left its mark. Continue reading...

Nowadays the wrecks are a popular destination for experienced divers such as the "Badlads" who have visited several wrecks around Islay as you can see in the video of the Otranto and in the video below, where you see them exploring the wreck of the Floristan.

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