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Photocopies of a Christmas card of the `Taeping` and `Ariel` with handwritten information and an extract from a book.

Photocopied reprodution of painting `The Great China Tea Race, 1866` by L. A. Wilcox, 1965, (2) account from an unknown publication of the Great China Tea Race of 1866 giving the captain of the `Taeping` as Captain Keay, and (3) photocopied handwritten account of the Great China Tea Race giving the master of the `Taeping` as Captain Donald MacKinnon of Heanish.


Photocpy of two newspaper articles `Thank you, Tiree!` and `The Late Captain Allan Campbell, Scarinish`.

(1) Letter to the editor of the People`s Journal by T. Henry Ruddich from near Carlisle who stayed on holiday at `Seaside`, Vaul. He praises Tiree as a holiday destination and includes a four-verse poem. (2) Obituary for Allan Campbell of Deobedal, Scarinsh.


Captain Hector MacFadyen of Heanish

Photograph of Captain Hector MacFadyen of Heanish aboard the paddle steamer ‘Bonnie Doon’ in 1911.


Hector MacFadyen was born in Heanish in 1868, the son of Lachlan MacFadyen and his wife Christina MacNeill. He qualified as a Master Mariner and settled in Bristol, spending most of his career working for the P. & A. Campbell Pleasure Steamer Company.

He is pictured here aboard the paddle steamer ‘Bonnie Doon’ in 1911 with his wife Emma Eliza Coates who is holding their fourth son Ronald. Many of the steamers, along with their captains and crews, were requisitioned by the Admiralty during World War I and deployed as minesweepers and coastal ferries.

Hector’s four sons also served some time with the company, his eldest son Hector becoming chief engineer. His third son Angus died aged twenty-one in an accident in Venice while serving on the ‘Cymric Queen’. Hector himself continued to sail into the late 1920s before retiring in Bristol where he died in 1953 aged eighty-five.

Copy of a photograph of Captain Hector MacFadyen aboard the `Bonnie Doon`.

Captain Hector MacFadyen of Heanish with his wife Emma and baby son, Ronald, aboard the paddle steamer `Bonnie Doon` in 1911.

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