Eilean Mor is a small uninhabited island located near Scotland’s Western coast. A lighthouse was finally built on the remote island in 1895 due to the numerous shipwrecks that happened there over the years. The three lighthouse keepers installed in Eilean Mor were all experienced seamen and seasoned veterans. The men had to work in shifts and they received food and other supplies whenever the weather permitted for a boat to reach the lighthouse.
In early December 1900 one of the lighthouse keepers returned to the mainland for a short while and a replacement was sent. On December 14 a horrible storm hit Eilean Mor and the whole Western coast. On the next day a captain was sailing near the lighthouse and noticed it was dark. However, the storm started again that same night preventing the coast guards from checking up on the lighthouse keepers or bringing them food for more than 10 days.
When the weather finally calmed, the permanent lighthouse keeper returned to the island along with officials from the shore station. To their surprise, the lighthouse had been deserted : a half eaten meal had been left on the table and the chairs were keeled over as if the people sitting on them had jumped off in a hurry. However, the most peculiar thing was that the last entry in the logbook dating from Dec 15, the day when the lighthouse went dark, stated that “the sea calmed and the storm ended”.
The investigation never found any traces of the three men, nor an explanation of their hurried leaving of the lighthouse. To this day, the mystery of Eilean Mor remains unsolved.