Tag Archives: sea captains

2019.73.1

Collection of photocopied photographs, newspaper cuttings and articles about members of the MacPhail family of Clachan, Cornaigmore, 1910-2015, including Captain Lachlan MacPhail. Includes photograph Z120. Other named individuals: Katie McWalters, Gillander sisters, Jimmy McEwen, Mollie Barrow (nee MacLean), Alasdair Campbell, Mary MacLean, Sheila MacLean, Susie and Malcolm MacLean, Katie McEwen, Iain MacLean, Anne McEwen, Marion MacInnes (nee MacLean), Rose McWalters, Jim McWalters, Flora MacLean, Mollie McKenzie-Pollock (nee Barrow), Annie McWalters, John MacPhail, Isabella MacLean, Ann MacPhail, Donald MacLean, Marion MacPhail – Druimbhuidhe, Baroness Ray Michie, Ishbel MacLean Clark.

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.

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.