By the mid
19th century there was increasing contact with the outside world.
A steam yacht - the Vulcan - visited St Kilda in 1838. From
1877 the SS Dunara Castle began regular summer cruises to
St Kilda, and was soon joined by others such as the SS Hebrides.
loss of self-sufficiency and morale had begun - this was to end
with the evacuation of the islanders in 1930.
Brochure advertising cruises to St Kilda
Photograph: Glasgow Museums
fishing fleets worked in St Kildan waters and brought supplies to
Fishing fleet in Village Bay
Photograph: The National Trust for Scotland
schoolmaster, noted in 1889 that islanders spent time producing
goods to sell to tourists- sheepskins, tweeds, knitted gloves, stockings
and scarves, eggs and ornithological items.