Tag Archives: sailors

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2020.1.59

Collection of six hand-written letters of condolence following the death of 12 year-old George McLean (1923-1935), son of Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay, in 1935. Correspondents include Neil and Mary McKinnon, Moss; Mary B MacLean, Port-na-Criche, Cornaigbeg;  Donald McLean, Kenovay; Hector McLean, Glenkinchie; Lachie McLean, SS Baron Maclay, Colombo; Mary Macdonald, Middleton. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

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2020.1.46

Two black & white photographs of Lachlan McLean (‘wee Lachie’), son of Mary/Mashag MacLean (1888-1964), Kenovay, in around 1925. Lachie was brought up by his Aunt Christina McLean and Uncle Hector (pictured) in Tobermory, where he was Dux of Tobermory School. He was drowned or killed between the ship and the pier at Liverpool during a blackout in 1940 while he was serving as an Officer in the Merchant Navy. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

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2020.1.35

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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2019.100.2

Silver pin badge issued to servicemen who were given an honourable discharge from active duty during WWI. Worn by injured servicemen to prevent abuse from members of the public if their injuries were not obvious. Bears the Royal monogram and the words “For King and Empire, Services Rendered”.

2019.79.1

Family history of the descendants of Archibald McKinnon, Vaul (1844-1902), who emigrated to Sydney, Australia, as a ship’s carpenter aboard the ‘City of Grafton’ paddle steamer in 1876. Archibald married Elizabeth (Betsy) Cowling in 1877, and had 8 children: Malcolm MacKinnon, Archibald John MacKinnon, Donald MacKinnon, Thomas Leslie MacKinnon, Ebeneezer Neil MacKinnon, Joseph Stanley MacKinnon, Alexander Douglas MacKinnon and Hugh Hector MacKinnon. Thomas’s son, Graeme MacKinnon (1921-2000,) became an Antarctic explorer and geographer responsible for mapping Antarctica. McKinnon Island and McKinnon Glacier in the Antarctic are named after him.

Includes photographs, letters, certificates and other documents compiled by Nicole Lesley McKinnon, Australia.

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2019.72.1

Photograph of a painting of a sailing ship found in Rhum View, Vaul, and presumably belonging to Catriona MacKinnon who once lived there. Paintings like these were often painted by members of the crew and the sails signed by all in the crew (but not in this case). It is assumed that the painter or a crew member was linked to Rhum View.

The photograph includes notes made by Angus MacLean, Scarinish, in 1994, on the types of masts and sails, and an annotated sketch of the ship giving the names of the various sails.

Tiree in 100 Objects – 94 – Ship painting

The History of Tiree in 100 Objects

2019.71.1

1930s binoculars given to Archie MacLeod, Carrachan, Kilmoluaig, by one of the officers of the destroyer HMS Sturdy, which was wrecked on rocks at Sandaig in 1940. Archie (Erchie Charrachain) was home on leave from Gourock where he was skipper on one of the troop tenders based there during WWII. He was present at Sandaig during the rescue and carried ashore on his shoulders one of the Sturdy’s navigating officers who, in a show of gratitude, placed the binoculars around Archie’s neck. Archie’s son, also Archie (Gilleasbuig Carrachan), played with the binoculars as a boy. The binoculars remained in Carrachan until they were passed on to An Iodhlann in 2019.

Includes handwritten history of the binoculars by Gilleasbuig MacLeod.

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