9.11.01 Never Forgotten - v.II

Carraig Fhada - Islay

February 14, 2015
A sight that all visitors arriving by ferry, via Port Ellen, will be familiar with. Maybe a more humble version of New Yorks Statue of Liberty???

The lighthouse stands on the tip of Carraig Fhada at the top of Kilnaughton Bay. Its beacon providing a fixed light to the main approaches to the harbour.

It was constructed to the memory of Lady Ellinor Campbell by her husband, Walter Frederick Campbell in 1832. The building work was undertaken by David Hamilton & Son.

[Port Ellen is also named after Lady Ellinor Campbell]

Over the door, there is the following inscription:

Ye who mid storms and tempests stray in
dangers midnight hour.
Behold where shines this friendly ray and
hail its guardian tower.

Tis but faint emblem of her light my fond
and faithful guide.
Whose sweet example meekin bright led
through this worlds eventful tide my happy course aright.

And still my guiding star she lives in realms
of bliss above.
Still to my heart blest influence gives and
prompts to deeds of love.

Tis she that bids me on the steep kindle this
beacons flame.
To light the wanderer o`er the deep who safe
shall bless her name.

So may sweet virtue lead your way that
when life`s voyage is o`er.
Secure like her with her you may attain the
heavenly shore.

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