SY75 was the registration number of the boat “Island Home”.

It was bought by John “Booly” Maclennan aka Bays Of Harris, from John Mackenzie of Marvig and before that it was owned by Kenneth Macdonald (“Kenny Crofter”) father of Norman L Macdonald the owner of the SPAR Filling Station at the site of Mitchell’s old garage.

The “Island Home” shown above is alas no more. It was eventually sold on to a man in Valtos and she is now lies a wreck at Miavig in Uig, but the name continues on a small yacht and can be seen on the Stornoway Pontoons while the number SY75 lives on too, now gracing the boards of a lobster boat called the “Achieve” operated by the son of it’s previous owner.

It’s an important four digits to me and I’m happy to have tracked down the boat and the backstory.

More soon…