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.
Photocopy of a typed transcript of an interview with Hector MacPhail, Cornaigbeg, on 19 May 1992, about himself, boats, sea transport and sailors, with particular reference to Allan MacFadyen, Scarinish, and ships the Mary Stewart and the Mary & Effie. Topics also include alchohol taxation, violence, Clearances, landowners, hotels, Crofters’ War, coal puffers. The interviewer is given only as ‘Smith’.
Printed memoir of a childhood spent on Tiree during WWII by Barry Kerr, 2015. Barry’s father, George (Jock) Kerr, was posted on the island as an RAF Signals and Telegraph Officer. Barry recalls the ‘black house’ he lived in at Balephetrish, the coal puffers, Cornaig school and prisoners of war.
Article in the Scots Magazine by Peter Myres recalling his maritime adventures around Tiree in 2009. Titled ‘Boat Daft on Tiree’ he writes about the ferries and puffers and a trip to Coll. Includes colour photographs of Travee from Balephuil, the ferry Claymore in 1962, hoisting a old Alvis car from the Claymore, the puffer Lascar, and Sheena Beck, Ruaig, with her children Drew, Robin and Margaret in 1962. Pages 408-412.
Collection of 29 black & white photographs and postcards retrieved from Mannal House featuring members of the MacDonald family, Catherine Campbell, Annie Campbell, Private H MacDonald, and their relations, around 1900-1930s. Some of these photos are catalogued individually (2015.40.6 – 2015.40.23).
Photograph of a coal puffer on Soroby beach around 1950
Black & white photograph of a coal puffer beached “north of Balemartine (Soroby?)” around 1950, with horse-drawn carts transporting coal away across the machair. (original stored on CD in filing cabinet 10 drawer 1)
Photograph of a coal puffer unloading coal at Coales in 1952
Black & white photograph of the coal puffer `Anzac` beached at Caoles in 1952 while horse- and tractor-drawn carts wait for coal to be unloaded on to them. (original stored in filing cabinet 10 drawer 1; 2014.36.4)
Cardboard front cover of a calendar(? 2013?) made by and advertising Bernard D Smith & Son builders, West Hynish, showing a black & white photograph of the coal puffer `Anzac` unloading coal on Caoles beach in 1952. Photograph accessioned separately as U152.