October 21, 2018

Steamship Comet II sinks on the Clyde river, 1825. Among 62 drowned were Capt. Wemyss Erskine Sutherland, of “Lament for Captain Wemyss Sutherland” by William Gunn, John Ban MacKenzie’s younger brother, Ronald, who a few weeks earlier had been awarded third prize at the Edinburgh competition, and Alexander Gray, a piper from Fort William. It was said the passengers were dancing on deck at the time of the collision.


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