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Collection of fliers, information and letters about a presentation titled ‘Captain Donald MacKinnon, Clippers and the China Tea Trade’ given by Lloyd Pitcher in Australia on 7th March 2017. Captain Donald MacKinnon, Heanish, sailed the tea clipper ‘Taeping’ to victory in the Great China Tea Race of 1866.

2017.44.3

Colour photograph of the captain of the Queen Mary cruise ship preparing to drop a wreath commemorating the wrecking of the destroyer HMS Sturdy 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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Colour photograph of a wreath commemorating the wrecking of the destroyer HMS Sturdy during WWII. It is being held by the captain of the Queen Mary cruise ship.

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 on rocks at Sandaig 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.

2017.10.1

Printed information and photographs on CD documenting the repair and restoration of the wax portrait of Captain Donald MacKinnon, Heanish, in 2015. Captain MacKinnon sailed the tea clipper ‘Taeping’ to victory in the Great China Tea Race of 1866, and the portrait was made specially for him by his father-in-law to congratulate him in his achievment.

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2017.9.1

Dissertation on William Murray, Glasgow, Carver and Gilder (1796-1867) who created the wax portrait of Captain Donald MacKinnon, Heanish, which is held in An Iodhlann. Captain MacKinnon sailed the tea clipper ‘Taeping’ to victory in the Great China Tea Race of 1866. William Murray was the father of Captain MacKinnon’s wife, Margaret Anne Murray. See pages 20-22 regarding Captain MacKinnon.

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2017.3.1

Emailed information about Captain Kenneth MacKenzie, Baugh.

“Captain Kenneth Norman MacKenzie (1897-1951). His logs of the Discovery are at the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich. He was the Master of the Discovery on the Second BANZARE Voyage in 1930-1931. On the First BANZARE Voyage in 1929-1930 he was the First Officer. There is some material at the Dundee Heritage Trust site. Also have a look at the Australian Antarctic Data Centre re MacKenzie Bay. Images are online at the National Library of Australia site called Trove. Also there is good coverage in books on the Antarctic such as Winning of Australian Antarctica by Grenfell Price and The Voyages of the Discovery by Ann Savours”

2016.58.4

Page from the Official Log Book and Account of Voyages and Crew of the Mary Stewart, 1916, giving the owner and master as Donald MacLean, Scarinish (b.1860). Ports visited during the half-year 22 July 1915 to 27th November 1915 are Ayr, Tiree, Ardrossan and Colonsay.  The remains of the Mary Stewart can still be seen in Scarinish Harbour.

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Page from the official log book of the Mary Stewart, 1915, listing the crew as Master Donald MacLean (b.1860) and crew John MacLean (b.1885), Hugh MacLean (b.1891) and Neil MacLean (b.1898), all of Tiree. They joined the ship in 1914 and were discharged at Ayr in 1915. The remains of the Mary Stewart can still be seen in Scarinish Harbour.

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2016.58.2

Sepia photograph of David Roberts (1849-1897), a native of Moelfre, Anglesey, who was the master on the Mary Stewart, and possibly part owner, from about 1886 to 1897. He died when on board the ship at Bowling, West Dunbartonshire. In 1891, two boys from his village were crew members, one of which was his 15 year-old son, John. The remains of the Mary Stewart can still be seen in Scarinish Harbour.

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2016.58.1

Colour photograph of a painting of the ‘Mary Stewart’ in full sail. The original painting is in the family of David Roberts (1849-1897), a native of  Anglesey, who was the master on the Mary Stewart, and possibly part owner, from about 1886 to 1897. The remains of the Mary Stewart can still be seen in Scarinish Harbour.

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