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A personal website by Mark Howells-Mead

More than just wooden stumps

If you’re heading along the A9 across the Cromarty Bridge in Scotland when the tide is out, you’ll see a number of blackened stumps sticking out of the mud of the estuary just next to the Ardullie¬†roundabout for Dingwall. There is more of a history to them than you might think: they aren’t just random bits of seaweed-covered, rotten wood, but the bare and rapidly disintegrating remains of a fishing boat.

The boat was tied up at the shoreline before the First World War, when the fishermen to whom the boat belonged were called up for military service. None survived to return, so the boat was never reclaimed… apart from by the incessant coming and going of the tide and the steadily increasing levels of mud washed ashore.