24 x 12 inch
acrylic on canvas
Rockall off Helen’s
Rockall is the most westerly point
of the British Isles, this 70ft high rock is 187 miles off the St. Kilda archipelago, officially
annexed in September 1955. Denmark, on behalf of the Faroes and Iceland
also have claims to it, but let them grumble, Rockall is British! It is
not entirely alone, being 2km south-west off the Helen's reef, a group of
skerries that are often totally submerged, and there is the outcrop the Hasselwood rock right next to Rockall, also often entirely submerged. It
is a threat to shipping that has caused some disasters, especially
in 1904 when the New York bound 3,328 ton steamer SS. Norge struck the
rocks and sunk there, over 600 people died.
Only about twenty
people are confirmed to have actually been on Rockall, the first being
Royal Navy officer Basil Hall who led a small landing party there from the
frigate HMS. Endymion on 8th September 1811, since then a number of
adventurers landed there and the Royal Navy annexation party led by
Lieutenant-commander Desmond Scott on 18th September 1955, put there by a
helicopter from HMS Vidal to put a brass plaque (now missing) and hoist
the Union Jack sealing Britain's claim. It has since been 'occupied' by
environmental group Greenpeace who declared it 'Waveland', declaring it a
new 'global state' to protest against oil exploration, the UK government
basically ignored them.
Here a Lesser Black Backed Gull
considers stopping to rest alongside more common visitors like Gannets,
Kittiwakes and Guillemots.
The world’s largest oceanic waves
(at that time) of
29 meters were recorded here in the year 2000. * The Irish rebel singers The
Wolfe Tone have a rather anti-British song called Rock on Rockall.
landed on Rockall? If so there is now a club for you!
The Rockall Club
This painting as an evening greeting....
* How are the height of waves
measured and recorded? With