Ortac

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Suidheachadh Ortac

'S e aon de na h-Eileanan a' Chaolais a th’ ann an Ortac. Tha e suidhichte anns a’ Chaolas Shasannach mu 5 cilemeatair air falbh san àird an iar Alderney faisg air Burhou. A-rèir A.H. Ewen tha an t-ainm Ortac a’ ciallachadh: “creig mhòr aig an oir”. Thàinig an t-ainm bhon Seann-Lochlannais: Or (oir) + Etac (stac). Tha e na phàirt den Bailiwick of Guernsey.

Tha an t-eilean ainmeil airson buidhnean mòra fachlaich.

Sgrìobh Victor Hugo anns an leabhar aige: The Laughing Man (L'Homme qui Rit) mu Ortac:

...on the port bow arose, standing stark, cut out on the background of mist, a tall opaque mass, vertical, right-angled, a tower of the abyss. It was the Ortac rock. The Ortac, all of a piece, rises up in a straight line to eighty feet above the angry beating of the waves... An immovable cliff, it plunges its rectilinear planes apeak into the numberless serpentine coils of the sea. At night it stands an enormous block, resting on the folds of a huge black sheet. In time of storm it awaits the stroke of the axe which is 'the thunderclap'...

To be wrecked on the Casquets is to be cut into ribbons; to strike on the Ortac is to be crushed into powder... On a straight frontage, such of that of the Ortac, neither the wave nor the cannon ball can ricochet... if the wave carries the vessel on the rock ashe breaks on it, and is lost...

Eileanan a' Chaolais
Bailiwick of Jersey JerseyLes ÉcréhousLes MinquiersPierres de LecqLes Dirouilles
Bailiwick of Guernsey GuernseyAlderneySarkHermBrecqhouBurhouOrtacLes CasquetsJethouLihouCrevichonLes Houmets