Tag Archives: coal

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Memoirs of Alistair MacNeill, Hynish, ‘They were our Vital Sparks’ which recall his fascination with the coal puffers that visited Hynish to off-load coal and other goods during the 1950s. The puffers also took away bundles of kelp for processing on the mainland.

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Printed memoir of a childhood spent on Tiree during WWII by Barry Kerr, 2015. Barry’s father, George (Jock) Kerr, was posted on the island as an RAF Signals and Telegraph Officer. Barry recalls the ‘black house’ he lived in at Balephetrish, the coal puffers, Cornaig school and prisoners of war.

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Front cover of a Bernard D Smith & Son calendar

Cardboard front cover of a calendar(? 2013?) made by and advertising Bernard D Smith & Son builders, West Hynish, showing a black & white photograph of the coal puffer `Anzac` unloading coal on Caoles beach in 1952. Photograph accessioned separately as U152.


Photograph of a coal puffer unloading coal at Coales in 1952

Black & white photograph of the coal puffer `Anzac` beached at Caoles in 1952 while horse- and tractor-drawn carts wait for coal to be unloaded on to them. (original stored in filing cabinet 10 drawer 1; 2014.36.4)



Photograph of the coal ship Loch Iorsa aground in Arinagour harbour in 1920

Black & white photograph of the ship Loch Iorsa aground on rocks in Arinagour harbour, Coll, in 1920. Her cargo of coal for the island is being transferred to the other ship. The small ‘white’ shed to the right of the boats and close to the shore was `the post office above the waves` and built for Robert Sturgeon, Dalbeattie, who also established a fish buying and processing unit.Tiree folk traded with Robert
Sturgeon. See also 2013.138.2 by Robert Sturgeon.



Tiree Memories 2014 calendar by Alec Walker

Collection of colour and black & white photographs of old Tiree made into a calendar for 2014. Images include scything at Kilmoluaig, Balemartine PO in the early 1900s, Island House in 1924, drawing of Tug o` War in the late 1800s, Malcolm MacArthur at the reins of his grocers cart, Scarinish harbour 1900, Tiree Pipe Band 1977, Tug o` War 1979, milk delivered in old whisky bottles, coal puffer at Scarinish harbour, thatched house 1921, plane Britee-Norman Trislander 1979, ferry `Columba` in 1970s.

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