The ton Thesis was ft long with a beam of 25ft, and drew nearly 18ft. In early October, , she left Middlesbrough carrying a cargo of pig-iron for her home port of Belfast. She went north around the tip of Scotland and, to avoid the stormy waters of the Tiree Passage, took the often calmer short cut through the Sound of Mull. The charted position for the Thesis is 56 In thick fog, just after midnight on 16 October, , the Thesis ran onto a reef just off the eastern shore of the southern end of the Sound. There was no doubt that she was badly damaged and Captain Wallace ordered everyone into the boats.
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Historically part of Buteshire , it is in the unitary council area of North Ayrshire. In the census it had a resident population of 4, Though culturally and physically similar to the Hebrides , it is separated from them by the Kintyre peninsula. Often referred to as "Scotland in Miniature", the island is divided into highland and lowland areas by the Highland Boundary Fault and has been described as a "geologist's paradise". Arran has been continuously inhabited since the early Neolithic period.
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Authorities say those pronounced dead at the scene included the train's driver and conductor after heavy storms in the area. Derailed carriages are seen at the scene of a train crash near Stonehaven in northeast Scotland on August 12, Torrential rain had caused flooding and travel disruptions in Scotland, and on Wednesday morning Network Rail Scotland tweeted warnings of a landslip affecting services in the area. Images of the wreck show several cars of the four-carriage train had left the tracks and one had tumbled down an embankment.