Bronze bravery medal from the Royal Humane Society of London awarded to Archibald MacLean Jr for his participation in the rescue of the remaining crew of the gale-stricken schooner ‘Maria and Fanny’, off Kenavara, Balephuil Bay, in 1868. The rescue was carried out at great risk, and all eight members of the crew, including the captain, were given awards by the Royal Humane Society.
The latin inscription reads “LATEAT SCINTILLVLA FORSAN ; SOC.LOND.IN.RESVSCITAT ; INTERMORTVORVM (?)INSTIT ; MDCCLXXIV” one one side, and “HOC PRETIVM CIVE SERVATO TVLIT ; VIT.OB.SERV.D.D. SOC.REG HVM.” on the other.
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.
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.
Photograph of a coal puffer on Soroby beach around 1950
Black & white photograph of a coal puffer beached “north of Balemartine (Soroby?)” around 1950, with horse-drawn carts transporting coal away across the machair. (original stored on CD in filing cabinet 10 drawer 1)
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.