Stills V3

November 5, 2012

The American Monument, The Oa, Islay

Filed under: Mike — sojournerphoto @ 00:27

The American Monument memorialises the crew and soldiers lost on two ships that were lost off the inhospitable southwest coast of Islay, the Oa, during the first world war. The iron plaque reads:

Sacred to the Immortal Memory

of those American Soldiers and Sailors

Who Gave Their Lives for Their Country

in the Wrecks of the Transports

“Tuscania”       and       “Otranto”

February 5th 1918          October 6th 1918

This Monument was Erected by

The American National Red Cross

near the spot where so many of

The Victims of the Disaster Sleep

in Everlasting Peace.

“On Fame’s Eternal camping ground

Their silent tents are spread

While Glory keeps with solemn round

The bivouac of the dead”



  1. I bet you enjoyed being there. The thought of Scottish independence fills me with gloom.

    Your take on the tower is very much in the spirit of the memorial you reproduce: it has a monumental feel to it with the symmetry of the placing and even the splitting of the cloud movement.

    Comment by zavaell — November 9, 2012 @ 07:34

  2. Lighting from the right brings up the stone work well, on ths screen the left is a little lost in shadow.
    It is quite a strong looking monument, the lighting shows that strength off well.

    Comment by rhoehne — November 13, 2012 @ 10:20

  3. There is something very impressive and imposing about the monument, helped by the light touch of cloud in the sky. You have presented a powerful building in a dynamic and impressive way.

    I find the seascape very evocative of our Scottish Island travels. Myriads of islands across the horizon and a grey sea and sky.

    Comment by Rex — November 16, 2012 @ 20:25

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