Rev Alex Muir quoted from writings by Rev. Alexander MacRae.
These appear in a book tilted 'Revivals in the Highlands and Islands in
the 19th. Century' but the quotations below actually refer to the
early part of the 20th century.
Rev. Alexander MacRae wrote:
Albatross Mission was a 20th. Century Revival. In February, 1905,
the mission yacht, Albatross, under the command of Mr. W. F. Stewart of
Edinburgh, visited Wick.
Christian people throughout the
land were deeply moved by stirring accounts of the Lord's work in Wales.
These accounts were read at the Albatross mission meetings with growing
interest each night. The hall in which the work began soon became too
small and the meetings were transferred to the United Free Church, Wick.
Country people came
flocking in from all the surrounding districts and villages. Great
solemnity and deep earnestness ( other features of genuine revival as
distinct from “revivalism”) pervaded the gatherings which, on Sabbath
evenings filled the Parish Church which is seated for 2000 people.
A healthy revival of religion had
"The Albatross is next found in
Thurso, in Spring, 1905, with the same results: the Sabbath evening
services had audiences of from 1400 to 1500 people."
"From the commencement of the
mission, there were many evident tokens of the Spirit's presence and power
and a most gracious revival of religion was experienced.
For five weeks, congregations of
from 1,000 to 2,000 gathered every night to hear the gospel proclaimed in
speech and song."