The Flannan Isles Lighthouse Disappearances True Story
The true story of the mysterious disappearance from the Flannan Isles Lighthouse is shown in The Vanishing. The 2018 movie is now available on Netflix.
After the construction of the Flannan lighthouse, it was never left alone. Each time three lighthouse keepers were active on the island.
The three men stationed on the island in December of 1900 were James Ducat, the 43 years old Principal keeper with 20 years of experience. Donald Macarthur was the 40-year-old occasional keeper.
Thomas Marshall was the youngest of all at 28 and the second assistant keeper in the Lighthouse. The fourth keeper, Joseph Moore, wasn't present on the island as it was his two weeks off.
Around midnight on the 15th of December, The steamship Archtor passed near the Flannan Isles. The Captain of the ship Captain Holman noted the absence of light from the lighthouse. But this was never communicated to the Northern Lighthouse board.
On the routine visit, the Hesperus blew a horn to get the attention of the lighthouse keepers. But he didn't receive any response from them. They then attempted firing a flare, but again, no reply from the keepers. Soon after the lighthouse was first put in service, the three keepers went missing from the island.
Joseph Moore, the lighthouse keeper, was onboard the Hesperus. Any signal was not coming from the island, so Moore was sent there. On the east landing, nothing appeared to be wrong. Everything was just in its original place. All the doors were closed except for the kitchen door, and the fireplace was not lit for many days.
He realized that something was seriously wrong, so he went to get back to Hesperus to get more men to help him investigate. The west boat landing was damaged. Also, mooring ropes were lost, and a box that had held tackle was also not there. However, that damage was already detailed in the keeper's log, which proves that it was not directly related to the disappearance.
The log by the keepers also noted the recent string of storms and winds, but there were no reports of storms. So either the turbulence weather had been extremely localized over their island, or the men had hallucinated about the storm. No one knows about the authenticity of these logs.
Eighteen miles southeast of the island is Galen Head, where gamekeeper Roderick Mackenzie's duty was to watch for communications from the lighthouse. Each night he had the duty to note whether he could see the light or whether any signal was seen during the day.
He reported that he was unable to see the true light of the tower between December 7th and December 29th to the investigation officers. The darkness for two weeks had concerned him, but he had not indicated any report until the northern lighthouse board questioned him.
Many theories have been made about this incident of three lighthouse keepers vanishing into thin air, but no one could have ever concluded the mysterious disappearance with 100% accuracy.