‘no person can conceive what kind of a place it is without seeing it.’

They scuttled to the shore,
At this place called ‘Crab Ravine’.


Bayonets at their backs,
Driven harsh to ‘Crab Ravine’


They faced towards the sea,
Pounding this ‘Crab Ravine’


Crofters become fishers,
At thin-soiled ‘Crab Ravine’


A Mill stood proud and tall
At this place called ‘Crab Ravine’.


Built of Soap and Margarine
On the rocks at ‘Crab Ravine’.


The scuttled across the shore
At this place called ‘Crab Ravine’


The Mill, unused, now a fish farm,
In this place of ‘Crab Ravine’


For crustaceans, not humans,
Thrive best, in ‘Crab Ravine’…

‘Crab Ravine’ is the Old Norse name for Geocrab in the Bays of Harris.
The title is from a crofter’s interview by the Napier Commission of 1883/4

Extracts from the Commission’s Report can be read here: http://www.ambaile.org.uk

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