Vat

The Aftermath

After the event 102 people had to be accommodated and fed on an island with only one proper dwelling house. Women and the cabin passengers and some of the crew were accommodated in Vatersay house the rest in a farm steading, primitive black houses, stables and pigsty. With some of the survivors being told to mind the pigs. Most of the locals could only speak Gaelic so communications were difficult and food was scarce. Hospitality initially was grudging as the tenant of the farm a Mr Donald Mclellan was away and his brother was in charge. No organized return to civilisation either with the passengers having to make their own way back to Glasgow and Liverpool the first group of 30 leaving Castlebay in Barra on the third of October.

Charles Brown a seaman on the Annie Jane said when questioned at the inquiry. Q. “When you landed did the natives treat you kindly?”  Well they would have treated us very kindly, only I do not know whether they had anything to give us. The first they gave us was well enough, but the next day they would not give us anything, and we had to go down to the beach and pick up our own salt meat and cook it, and we came upon a cask of oatmeal and we took the heart out of it and made soup.