On Boxing Day in 1900 the clocks stopped as three lighthouse keepers on a remote Scottish island vanished without trace, leaving behind their untouched meals and work notes for the following day. James Ducat, Thomas Marshall and Donald MacArthur had been stationed at the Flannan Lighthouse, some 215 feet above sea level near the highest point on Eilean Mòr, in the Outer Hebrides off the coast of Scotland. But when passing ships reported the light had gone out, a search party was sent out. When rescuers climbed the 160 steps up the cliffside and into the 75ft-high tower, they found the clock had stopped, half eaten meat, pickles and potatoes on the table, a toppled chair and two sets of oilskins missing. The third was hanging on its usual hook. A canary was starving on its perch and the lighthouse log and work notes for two days were on a slate. There was no trace of the men and it was assumed they had been swept away by a freak wave. But theories soon emerged that one keeper had murdered the other two before throwing himself into the sea in a fit of remorse. Other rumours suggested the trio had been taken… Read full this story
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