Tag Archives: merchant navy

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2020.1.35

Copy of the Magistrates Inquiry regarding the disappearance at sea of Lachlan MacLean, Tobermory, son of Christina MacLean (1873-1948), Kenovay, and Hector McLean, Gott and Tobermory. Lachlan disappeared from ‘MV Awahou’ off the coast of Australia in 1951, in the territory of Papua & New Guinea. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

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2020.1.34

Four photographs relating to two sons of Christina MacLean (1873-1948), Kenovay, and Hector McLean, Gott and Tobermory. Clockwise from top left: brothers Lachlan and Donald Mclean of Tobermory, who both lost their lives while serving in the Merchant Navy; Lachlan in 1917; Lachlan in 1930; Donald and his bride Maggie MacArthur. Donald was lost overboard in 1926, while Lachlan disappeared from ‘MV Awahou’ off the coast of Australia in 1951 (see Magistrates Inquiry). Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

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2019.62.1

Scanned copy of a telegram sent by Captain John Brown (1902-1986), Balevullin, to his parents in Cornaig, after being shipwrecked on Tuskar Rock off the east coast of Ireland in 1927. Includes a page of background information. John Brown was 25 years old at the time and could not swim.

He met his future wife when his ship, the Baron Belhaven, was being repaired in Barry Docks (west of Cardiff) in 1941. A bomb had dropped down the funnel when sailing in convoy out of Liverpool during WW2.

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