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.
Photograph of Scarinish Harbour and pier building ca 1930
Sepia photograph from a postcard of Scarinish Harbour around 1930, showing the ship the Mary Stewart on the left and a smaller ship tied up loading kelp from horse-drawn carts. The harbour building/office/store, now gone, is on the right.
List of tangle collectors working for Neil MacKinnon, Balevullin, in 1998
Photocopy of a hand-written list of the names and telephone numbers of people collecting tangles for Neil MacKinnon, Balevullin, in 1998: Sandy MacIntosh, Jean MacCallum, Ian Spence, Bill Campbell, JE MacLean, Heart (?), Carol MacKinnon, Terlaich, A. Kennedy, Rena, John Fletcher, Derek Plant, John Neil Brown, George Campbell, Stuart Maxwell, Neil MacLean, N MacKinnon.
Photograph of a drying rack for tangles at Balevullin in 2000
Colour photograph of a rack made of wooden planks and oil drums at Neil MacKinnon`s croft at Balevullin in 2000. Bales of tangles (kelp seaweed stalks) would be untied and laid over the rack to allow air to circulate underneath the stalks, thus drying them.