Tag Archives: boats and boat-building

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Sail-maker’s palm strap to protect the hand from the eye end of the needle when pushing the needle through the tough fabric of the sail, with extra foam padding to protect the top of the thumb. From a collection of sail-maker’s tools belonging to Hector MacKinnon, owner of the schooner ‘Coll Castle’ (Eachann a’ Cholla, born ca 1847).




Length of handmade sìoman ruadh / coir rope, made from coconut husks and much used in sailing boats. It replaced rope made from cereal straw around the 1850s as it was resistant to salt water.


Book `The Lord of the Isles Voyage`, 1993

Softback book about the building of a 16th century sailing galley made by the MacDonald`s of Skye and author Wallace Clark, and its voyage through the sea kingdom in 1991 and 1992. Given to Dr John Holliday by Carol Kirkpatrick.

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