Small hard-backed book ‘Tide and Speed Tables’, 1915, produced by Murray, McVinnie & Co. Ltd., Naval Stores, Mavisbank Quay, Glasgow. Includes illustrations and definitions of ships’ communications flags, semaphore flags, port charges, electrical terms. On the back page are hand-written notes by, or relating to, Hector MacKinnon and Donald MacK[innon]. From the belongings of the Lamont/MacKenzie family of The Harbour, Caoles.
Home-made wood & brass cribbage board or cròthan, a popular game on board ships. Probably made by Vaul boat-builders.
Copy of a letter dated July 2017 from the United States Coast Guard to the UK Maritime and Coast Guard Agency regarding transfer of ownership of a large marine buoy found by Donald Brown, which was washed up on the shore at Vaul in 2017. Includes photocopies of colour photographs of the buoy and its solar panels.
A bound executive summary from a document detailing the growth plan for Tiree’s Marine Sector 2017-2020. Produced by the Tiree Community Development Trust in 2017.
Softback book ‘The Crinan Canal’ by Marian Pallister, 2016.
Tells the story of the canal from its origins to the present day, discussing how it was built, who built it, how it changed life in the surrounding areas, and how it has been used. Includes Tiree content, with references to marble, emigration, drainage schemes, destitution, the potato famine, population, wages and Gaelic. (Pages 30, 66, 67, 156 & 157.)
Softback book ‘Correspondence from July, 1846, to February, 1847, Relating to the Measures Adopted for the Relief of the Distress in Scotland…’ Great Britain Treasury, 2012. Government correspondence about Famine Relief in the Highlands. Includes separate index listing references to Tiree.
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Gaelic poem ‘Cumha do Dhonnachadh‘ composed by Hector MacArthur, Moss, following the tragic drowning of his brother Duncan MacArthur, who was going to compete at the annual Tiree Regatta in July 1954.
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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.