Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Tiny Bits of Land People Fight Over #1 Rockall

People will fight over any bit of land. "Rockall is about 25 metres (80 ft) wide and 31 metres (100 ft) long at its base[24] and rises sheer to a height of 17.15 m (56.27 ft)" from wikipedia.

A probably fake photo from 1974 of HMS Tartar's trip there. 'A sentry-box was constructed on Hall's Ledge, with two marines in full ceremonial uniform posted alongside, and the Union Flag was hoisted above.'

Every now and again Britain lands some people on this lump and takes a photo to prove it is theres. 'Former SAS member and survival expert Tom McClean lived on the island from 26 May 1985 to 4 July 1985 to affirm the UK's claim to the island'. Waves roll over the island so he had to hide in a bolted down giant coffin for the duration.

They do this partly because owning the Falklands isn't grim enough for them. And partly for all the oil and gas and such that might be between Rockall and Ireland.

1 comment:

The Beer Nut said...

It has, I think, the dubious claim of being the last British colony; the final time someone stood on a piece of land, hoisted the Union Jack and claimed it for the Crown.