Colour photograph of Duncan and Neil MacKinnon and David MacClounnan in 1991.
Twins Duncan and Neil MacKinnon and David MacClounnan, all from Balephuil, collecting tangles in West Hynish in February 1991.
Other Number: B163
Collecting tangles at West Hynish in February 1991Collecting kelp seaweed was once a major source of employment for Tiree people. During the 1800s, there was a flourishing seaweed industry with a processing factory at Sandaig. In this photo, twins Duncan and Neil MacKinnon and David MacClounnan demonstrate how it was gathered by hand and placed over stone ridges to dry. Seaweed is still collected for spreading on land as fertilizer, although nowadays a tractor and trailer is used.
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