The St Kilda Steamers


Until the advent of the helicopter, the only way to visit St Kilda was by sea and two companies made the trip their own. John Macallum and Martin Orme owned the ships Hebridean, Hebrides and Dunara Castle and these ships made the regular mail visits to the islands from the 1880s until the late 1930s. They brought trade and tourists to the islands, and were, apart from infrequent calls by fishing boats and whaling ships, the only contact with the outside world. For a short summer each year, once a week, one of the steamers ...

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