Coloured photograph of two men from Clachan, Cornaig, creel-fishing off the north coast of Tiree, near the Ringing Stone. The photo was found in ‘The Captain’s House’ in Cornaigbeg, and is printed from a hand-painted glass slide.
Letter dated 11th January 1966 from B Witt, Fish Salesman, London, requesting that the unknown recipient “send all possible [lobsters] whilst prices are high”.
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Six labels for shipment of live lobsters to S. Scutt Ltd and to B.H. Witt Ltd, both in Billingsgate, London. Used in the mid-1900s.
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Booklet “Practical Hints for Lobster Fishermen”, ca. 1980
Paper-covered blue booklet produced by the Fisheries Board for Scotland containing advice for lobster fishermen. Belonged to the uncle of Alasdair Sinclair, Brock.
Black and white photograph of a horse-drawn wagon transporting lobster creels at Pictou Island in the early 20th century.
A horse-drawn wagon transporting lobster creels at Pictou Island in the mid-20th century. Lachie Dan MacCallum (1881-1967), great-grandson of the first miller at Cornaig, would have used a similar wagon to haul his gear until he stopped fishing around 1964.
Neil and Donald MacKinnon of Brock in their skiff, the ‘Tunnag’
Photograph of Neil and Donald MacKinnon of Brock in their skiff, the ‘Tunnag’, in the 1930s.
Courtesy of Mr Alasdair Sinclair
Neil MacKinnon, holding aloft a lobster, and his brother Donald, both from Brock, are pictured in their skiff, the ‘Tunnag’, in the early 1930s. The old men were very fussy about placing the single-entrance creels precisely so that the entrance faced the rocks where the lobsters were hiding.
Their great-nephew Alasdair Sinclair remembers, as a ten year old boy, having the job of rowing the boat while Neil placed the creels. The ‘Tunnag’ was eight feet wide with long, narrow-bladed oars. While he was trying to manoeuvre the boat, the pernickety old man would be saying, ‘Chan eil sin ceart idir. Feuch a-rithist e!’ (That’s not right at all. Do it again!)
Lobsters often hide inshore at low tide in small crevices in the rocks called ‘faichean’. Knowledge of their whereabouts were kept secret and passed down through the family.
Black and white photograph of Neil and Donald MacKinnon of Brock in the early 1930s.
L-R: Neil MacKinnon of Brock, holding aloft a lobster, and his brother Donald, both from Brock, in the skiff `Tunnag` in the early 1930s. (Neil and Donald were brothers of Alasdair Sinclair`s grandmother.)