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Oa, Mull of

The Mull of Oa is the name given to a headland located at the southwestern coast of the area known as the Oa, on the southern coastline of Islay, Argyll and Bute. A cliff-top monument commemorates the American servicemen who were lost when the HMS Tuscania and HMS Otranto troopships went down off the coast in 1918. The former was sunk by a German U-Boat on 5th February of that year killing 266, while the latter was involved in a collision during a storm on the 6th October and sank with the loss of 431. The American Red Cross erected a memorial here in 1920. Many of the victims of the Otranto lie in the nearby Kilchoman Military Cemetery.


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