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Tomont End Monument


(HMS Shearwater Monument)

A stone obelisk on the shore at Tomont End in the extreme NE of the island of Great Cumbrae, this substantial monument sits on a square base at the roadside. It was erected by the Captain and crew of HMS Shearwater to commemorate two young midshipmen, Charles Cayley and William Jewell, who were drowned when their small sailing boat overturned when caught in a squall on 17th May 1844. The Shearwater was a Royal Navy vessel engaged in surveying the west coast of Scotland and was at anchor in Largs Bay when the accident happened. The monument was B-listed in 1971.


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