Associated People: MacFadyen, Captain Neil, Kenovay (1900 - 1961)

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Black and white photograph of Neil MacFadyen of Kenovay, and Isobel and Morag Carmichael.

Friends in drag in the early 1930s. L-R: Isobel (Tibby) Carmichael, Neil MacFadyen of Barrapol and Morag Carmichael. (Tibby and Morag are daughters of Ina, who is the sister of the father of Fiona Maxwell, Kenovay)

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Captain Neil MacFadyen (1900-1960)

Photograph of Captain Neil MacFadyen of Barrapol.

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Courtesy of Mrs Fiona Maxwell

Captain Neil MacFadyen of Barrapol was awarded an OBE in 1943 and the Lloyd’s Medal for Bravery at Sea in 1944 for bringing his ship ‘Ocean Viceroy’ safely home to the Clyde after being torpedoed off the north-west coast of Spain while sailing in convoy.

Parts of the ship were flooded and the steering gear was wrecked but Captain MacFadyen decided to attempt to save the vessel. Working through the night, the crew managed to get the ship into a navigable condition and she proceeded homewards alone and at reduced speed.

The ship’s engineers were also awarded Lloyd’s Medals. At great personal risk, they went below to the engine room which was flooded and full of scalding steam to get to the stop valves and effect repairs.

Black and white photograph of Captain Neil MacFadyen (1900-1961) of Kenovay.

Captain Neil MacFadyen (1900-1960) of Kenovay. He was awarded to OBE in 1943 and Lloyd`s Medal for Bravery at Sea in 1944 for bringing his ship `Ocean Viceroy` safely home to the Clyde after being torpedoed off the north-west coast of Spain.