Dates: 1930s

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Softback book ‘No Shame in Fear’ by Alex C. MacLean, 2016. Alex C. Maclean was born on the Isle of Tiree in 1923, and lived there until the age of fourteen, when he went to sea. This is a first-hand account of the WW2 Atlantic convoys and the devastation of war. Stalked by German U-boats, cast adrift in a lifeboat, it also tells of the difficulties of the post-war period, in building a decent family life and coming to terms with his own history back on Tiree. Foreword by Donald S. Murray.

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Scanned images of a family bible given to Archie Walker, Moss, by his sister Catherine on 14 December 1916, and of three postcards (see 2016.64.2 to 4) from Donald Winn who was stationed at RAF Tiree during WWII. The bible was later given to Archie’s daughter Ann MacDonald Kennedy, who married Donald Winn, RAF Tiree. Other names written on the back inside cover of the bible are Mrs MacKinnon, Renfrew, Mr Donald Walker, Renfrew, Mr James McLellan, Inverness, and Miss A Tuseford, Derby. Size: 75 x 105 x 15 mm.

These items were brought to Tiree by Ann and Don’s daughter, Catriona Morag Laforge (nee Winn), Canada, during A’Bhuain – Tiree Homecoming in May 2016.

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Colour photograph of an old threshing machine made by R.G. Garvie & Sons, Engineers, Aberdeen in the 1920s or 1930s, belonging to Hugh Archie MacCallum, Whitehouse. The machine measured around 2 metre tall x 2 metre long x 1 metre wide, and was used to separate the edible part of the grain from the chaff. Photographed in 2016.

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Pages mentioning Tiree from the WWII Admiralty War Diaries from 6 June 1939 to 14 November 1944, marked “Most Secret”, including records of shipping and convoys, U-boats, mining, defensive actions, casualties, military intelligence, communications with allied forces, and SS Laristan. Courtesy of Martin Briscoe, Fort William.

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Colour photograph of a painting of the ‘Mary Stewart’ in full sail. The original painting is in the family of David Roberts (1849-1897), a native of  Anglesey, who was the master on the Mary Stewart, and possibly part owner, from about 1886 to 1897. The remains of the Mary Stewart can still be seen in Scarinish Harbour.

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