Fabric-covered book ‘Seeing London with my Young Friends’ by Charles A Puncker, published in around 1930. On the inside front page is handwritten ‘Presented to Archie Jonston for Attendance Ruaig Sunday School, March 1945’. Archie’s family were from Ruaig, and he was evacuated to Ruaig from Rochester, Kent, during WWII.
Scanned extract about fishermen from Rosehearty, Aberdeenshire, making regular March sailings to fishing grounds near Tiree and Coll during the 1800s. From the book ‘Fishing Boats and Fisher Folk on the East Coast of Scotland’ by Peter F Anson, 1930.
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Metal and cotton candle extinguisher from Ruaig, ca 1930-1950
Squat, round, brass, paraffin lamp from Ruaig, 1925-1950
Brass spare parts, spare wicks and mantles, a spare vapouriser and a brass filling funnel for a Tilley lamp from Ruaig, 1925-1950.
Brass Tilley lamp from Ruaig, used in around 1925-1950. Similar to 2002.73.1 but complete with wick, mantle and glass globe. Tilley lamps were named after John Tilley, inventor of the hydro-pneumatic blowpipe in the early 1800s. Domestic Tilley lamps were fuelled with paraffin, which was pressurised by use of a pump on the base.
Porthole from the WWII warship, HMS Sturdy, which was wrecked on rocks off Sandaig during a storm in 1940. The porthole has been re-painted by Donald Brown, Vaul, and decorated with a sketch of the ship. The stainless steel bolts and backing (made from an old fish box) were added by Donald.
Iron hand-hook used for grabbing and lifting bags of grain when transferring them from the ship’s hold to the winching cradle in Scarinish Harbour.
Dainty, brass, lady’s cigarette lighter from WWII.
Glass and metal glue dispenser from around 1930-1960. Possibly used at one of the island’s Post Offices for sticking down envelopes and stamps. The glue would have been dispensed by rolling the wheel along the surface.