The National Trust for Scotland took a group of 12 to St Kilda on 28th August 2013 for an educational visit.
A teacher and 2 pupils from each of the 4 secondary schools in the Western Isles were accompanied by Alasdair MacEachen.
On their return journey the pupils launched a St Kilda mail boat, a replica of the first mail boat which was a small wooden boat sent out as a distress signal in 1876. The islanders suffering from famine sent a letter, sealed in a cocoa tin using a sheep’s bladder as a float.
Pupils sent a letter and postcards in their mail boat and we are delighted to report that it was found on 6th October 2015 outside Sotra on the west coast of Norway. [60°N 5°E]
The photos on this page were sent to Alasdair MacEachen by Bjørn Atle Skulstad, 15, who found the mail boat.