Small photograph of an oil painting of the yacht ‘Oceana’ sailing off the coast of Naples in around 1929, with Mount Vesuvius erupting in the background. The Oceana was wrecked at the west end of Crossapol beach in 1949, and the cause of much intrigue at the time. Painted by the Italian artist L. Papaluca (1890-1934), who was well-known for his paintings of ships. The painting belonged to Robert Polson of Badachro (Gairloch) who captained the yacht.
Large wooden pulley block found at the west end of Crossapol beach in 2008/2009. Thought to be from the schooner ‘Oceana‘, which was wrecked at the east end of the beach in 1949.
Obituary for Major John Campbell (1921-2015), owner of the schooner ‘Oceana‘, which ran aground and broke up on the Baugh end of Crossapol Beach in 1949 under mysterious circumstances. Major Campbell survived shellfire and swamps as he advanced through Italy with Popski’s Private Army during WWII.
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First published in The Telegraph newspaper, 3 September 2015 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/11842074/Major-John-Campbell-obituary.html
The circumstances of the grounding of the Oceana at Baugh in 1949, by owner John Campbell
Transcript of a telephone conversation between John Campbell and Dr John Holliday in October 2013, regarding John Campbell`s life and ownership of the schooner `Oceana` and the circumstances leading up to its grounding and eventual break up on the beach at Baugh / Crossapol in 1949.
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Extracts from the autobiography of John Campbell – owner of the Oceana
Printed extracts from the autobiography of John Campbell, owner of the schooner `Oceana` that grounded on Crossapol beach in 1949, including a photograph of the yacht in full sail.
Citations of John Campbell`s war medals
Printed pages from the website of Friends of Popski`s Private Army, citing the medals of John Davies Campbells earned during service in Europe in WWII. John Campbell was the owner of the yacht `Oceana` that grounded and broke up on Crossapol Beach at Baugh during a storm in 1949.
Book `Popski`s Private Army` by Vladimir Peniakoff
Softback book about the wartime adventures of Vladimir Peniakoff (nickname `Popski`), who formed his own elite fighting force in the North African Desert during WWII. The foreword is by John Campbell who owned the yacht `Oceana` when it grounded and broke up on Crossapol Beach at Baugh in 1949.
Photograph of a scultpure of Skerryvore Lighthouse in Bournemouth in 2013
Colour photograph of a sculpture of Skerryvore Lighthouse in the Skerryvore Memorial Gardens in Bournemouth, dedicated to author Robert Louis Stevenson who lived there at 61 Alum Chine Road, Westbourne, Bournemouth, and named the house `Skerryvore` in honour of his family of lighthouse engineers who built Skerryvore and the pier and buildings at Hynish.