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2017.44.3

Colour photograph of the captain of the Queen Mary cruise ship preparing to drop a wreath commemorating the wrecking of the destroyer HMS Sturdy at Sandaig during WWII.

Organised by Commander Michael Gibson of Plymouth, the wreath was thrown overboard in the summer of 2015 as the Queen Mary cruised past the Hebrides. HMS Sturdy foundered during a storm in October 1940. Five lives were lost, but were it not for the actions of Tiree folk, in particular Captain Donald Sinclair, the toll would have been much higher. The dedication on the wreath reads: “Dedicated to the bravery of Captain Donald Sinclair and those who helped in the rescue effort of HMS Sturdy and in remembrance of all those lost on Empire Eland in 1941”. Captain Sinclair was on the Empire Eland when it was torpedoed by a U-boat in the Atlantic.

2017.44.2

Colour photograph of a wreath commemorating the wrecking of the destroyer HMS Sturdy during WWII. It is being held by the captain of the Queen Mary cruise ship.

Organised by Commander Michael Gibson of Plymouth, the wreath was thrown overboard in the summer of 2015 as the Queen Mary cruised past the Hebrides. HMS Sturdy foundered on rocks at Sandaig during a storm in October 1940. Five lives were lost, but were it not for the actions of Tiree folk, in particular Captain Donald Sinclair, the toll would have been much higher. The dedication on the wreath reads: “Dedicated to the bravery of Captain Donald Sinclair and those who helped in the rescue effort of HMS Sturdy and in remembrance of all those lost on Empire Eland in 1941”. Captain Sinclair was on the Empire Eland when it was torpedoed by a U-boat in the Atlantic.

2017.44.1

Colour photograph of the captain and crew of the Queen Mary cruise ship with a wreath commemorating the wrecking of the destroyer HMS Sturdy on rocks at Sandaig during WWII.

Organised by Commander Michael Gibson of Plymouth, the wreath was thrown overboard in the summer of 2015 as the Queen Mary cruised past the Hebrides. HMS Sturdy foundered during a storm in October 1940. Five lives were lost, but were it not for the actions of Tiree folk, in particular Captain Donald Sinclair, the toll would have been much higher. The dedication on the wreath reads: “Dedicated to the bravery of Captain Donald Sinclair and those who helped in the rescue effort of HMS Sturdy and in remembrance of all those lost on Empire Eland in 1941”. Captain Sinclair was on the Empire Eland when it was torpedoed by a U-boat in the Atlantic.

2014.107.14

Newsletter `An Tirisdeach`, No. 429, 08/11/08

Local news: retirement of PC Danny Lapsley; interview with George Campbell; HMS Sturdy memorial; Farmhouse Café opens in Balemartine; Labour spin-doctor Alastair Campbell; cattle sale results; `Danny`s Song`.

2013.178.1

Audio recording of Albert Gallier – survivor of HMS Sturdy wreck in 1940

Audio recording of Albert Gallier being interviewed by Dr John Holliday on 11 Oct 2012, about the fatal wrecking of the destroyer HMS Sturdy which ran onto rocks at Sandaig in 1940. Albert is one of the few surviving members of the crew that were on the ship that night, and recalls his memories of the event.

2013.155.1

Internet page about the SS Empire Eland, Captain Donald Sinclair of Sandaig`s ship

Printed page from the internet about the steam ship Empire Eland (1920-1941), a cargo ship captained by Capt. Donald Sinclair of Sandaig, who was instrumental in saving lives when the HMS Sturdy was wrecked off Sandaig in 1940. He died when the Empire Eland was struck by a U-boat torpedo in the Atlantic on 15th September 1941.

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Information about Australian Flight Officer Thomas Stephens who died in an air collision on Tiree in 1944.

Notices from Australian newspaper `The Argus` in September 1944, about the death of FO. Thomas Stephens who was killed in the mid-air collision between to Halifax aircraft over Tiree in 1944; information about Stephens from the Commonwealth War Graves website; photocopy of a notice in `Vetaffairs` 2012 seeking relatives and friends of Thomas Stephens and the crew of HMS Sturdy.

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