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The Eilean Mór Mystery

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Eilean Mór means "big island" in Gaelic-but in fact Eilean Mór is just a tiny island off the coast of Scotland. There are no towns or vilaged there, only a lonely lighthouse. it was her, in the stormy December of 1900, that one of the most famous disappearances of all time took place.

In those days, lighthouse keepers lived isolated lives, far away from friends and family. They had no telephone, so when they were on duty they had only each other for company.

In the dark, harsh Scottish winter, it was important that lighthouses kept working, so the four lighthouse keepers at Eilean Mór could not all go home for Christmas. Onlyu of of them, Joseph Moore, had shore leave that month, from December 6 to 26. When he left, the lighthouse was running smoothly and his colleagues, James Ducat, Donald McArthur and Thomas Marshall, were all in good health. But he was never to see any of them again.

When Joseph Moore returned to the island after Christmas, the Eilean Mór lighthouse was deserted and its light had gone out. Nothing seemed to be missing, except for two sets of boots and oilskins, which were waterproof clothes, belonding to the lighthouse keepers. Puzzles, Moore searchged everywhere, but he could find no evidence of any sturggle, no one-no sign of his friends at all.

Had one of them fallen into the raging sea, and the other two lpst their lives trying to help him? This seems unlikely, as all theree were experienced seamen who would not have taken such a rich.

Had they tried to leave the island and go home? That was impossible, as their boat had not been taken. And no bodies were ever recovered.

Moore checked the log book where the keepers kept a record of the weather and their daily routines. it showed that a huge storm had battered Eilean Mór on December 12-Thomas Marshall had written:"Never had I seen such a storm". But it was not he storm that had carried the keepers away. The entry for December 15 read: "1 p.m. Storm ended. Sea calm. God is over all." After that, the entries stopped.

So what had happened to the lighthouse keepers of Eliean Mór? When the story got out, local people said they thought the islandwas haunted, and that the three men had joined the many ghosts who lived there. Two sailors who had passed through the area on December 15 on board heir ship, the Fairwind, claimed thyey had seena boat full of ghosts and demons, heading for the Eilean Mór lighthouse.

Later, a poem about Elian Mór romanticiezed the story, suggesting that the keepers had been magically changed into huge black ravens.

But none of these tales helps to unravek what really did happen tot eh three men. Like the crew of the Mary Celeste, they seem simply to have canished in calm weather, with no explanation at alkl.

Many people go missing suddenly and mysteriously, just as the Eilean Mór lighouse-leepers did. Some turn up again, but many never do., of course, some disappearances can be explained: the missing person may have run away from home, or had a tragic accident. But other unexplained disappearances have led top some scarier suggestions.

For example, some people believe that aliens regularly kidnap humans and take them away to study. Others claim that it's possible to slip into another dimension, a different time period or even a parallel universe, through some kind of hole in the universe which science has not yet understood. But it is i,mpossible to test these theories- so strange soties such the case of Eilean Mór remain a mystery.

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