Photocopy of the original handwritten manuscript of the pipe tune ‘Captain Lachlan MacPhail of Tiree’ composed by Peter MacFarquhar in his memory. Lachlan MacPhail was a sea captain from Clachan who played a part in tricking the enemy during WWII.
Photocopy of the certificate from the French government to Captain Neil MacLean, Caoles, which accompanied the Silver Medal of Rescue awarded to him in 1928 for his part in the rescue of a stricken French vessel in 1927. Includes typed notes by Neil MacLean’s nephew, Archie MacLean, on the French used in the certificate and the English translation.
Framed certificate from the Merchant Marine of France to Captain Neil MacLean, Caoles, accompanying the Silver Medal of Rescue awarded to him in 1927 for his part in the rescue of a stricken French vessel.
Translation: The Minister of Public Works certifies that, by a Decree of 6 March 1928, the President of the French Republic has awarded the Silver Medal for Rescue to Mr N. McLean, English subject, captain of the English steamship ‘Dunston’, in recognition of the part he played, on 4 December 1927, in taking on board his ship the crew members of the French vessel ‘Amphitrite’ which was in peril having been dismasted and disabled in the storm off the coast of Brittany. By the Minister, The Director of Work Services and Navigational Studies, Paris 19 March 1928.
Marine Marchande Médaille de Sauvetage en Argent / Merchant Marine Silver Medal of Rescue awarded by the President of the French Republic to Captain Neil MacLean for his part in the rescue of a stricken French vessel in 1927. The medal is inscribed with “N. Mc Lean 1927” and bears the words “Courage et Devouement“, and is accompanied by a certificate. Includes the original presentation box.
Neil MacLean was born at Carnan, Caoles, and was the master of the British steamship ‘Dunston’ when, on 4 December 1927, he assisted in the rescue of crew members of the ‘Amphitrite’, which had become demasted and disabled in a storm off the coast of Brittany.
Softback book ‘Tramp Steamers at War’ by George Gunn, 1999, recalling his days at sea as a young seaman during 1941-1945. He served on the steam ship ‘Baron Forbes’, under the command of “the legendary” Captain Lachlan MacPhail, Tiree (pp 81-86).
Information about the steam ferry ‘SS Chieftain’s Bride’ which was saved from sinking between Tiree and Mull in 1867 by the efforts of Captain Donald MacKinnon, Heanish, but in which he sustained internal injuries leading to his death and burial in Capetown, South Africa. Captain MacKinnon was master of the ‘Taeping’, which won the Great China Tea Race of 1866.