Tag Archives: merchant navy

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Two copies of ‘The Dolphin and Gazette – the journal of the Imperial Merchant Service Guild’, July and October 1921. The July copy has “Mary Ann Lamont” handwritten on the cover. From the belongings of the Lamont/MacKenzie family of Harbour, Coales.

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Black fabric-covered hardback booklet ‘Dead Reckoning, Altitude and Azimuth Table’, 3rd edition, by A.A. Ageton. Maritime navigational formulae produced by the United States Navy Department Hydrographic Office, 1943. Handwritten in fountain pen on the inside cover is “This Book is the Property of the Republic of Liberia”.

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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.

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