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.
Tiree Memories Calendar 2017, by Alec Walker. Includes photographs of Stewart Langley 1991, aerial view of the Co-op 1979, Kate MacDonald (Ceit Chalein) 1958, Scarinish harbour shoreside houses 1953, Ruairidh Lachainn and Domhnall Lachainn ca 1930, ferry ‘Iona’ 1991, Duncan & Margaret MacInnes 1991, Archie MacArthur (Eairdsidh Mor) and Margaret & Norman MacIvor 1990, two Regatta boats and sailors 1985, MacKinnon family at the Farmhouse in Balemartine 1924, mini cooper being loaded off ferry 1934, group of crofters at the Agricultural Show in 1968, Captain John MacDonald, ca 1970.
Framed oil painting of the tea-clipper ‘Demerara’ captained by Colin MacKinnon, Heanish, brother of Captain Donald MacKinnon, Heanish. Probably painted in China in the 1880s, as the discoloured varnish includes ‘hidden’ Chinese characters.
Ornate glass walking stick presented to Captain Donald MacKinnon, Heanish, in recognition of his achievement in winning the great China Tea Race of 1866. From the estate of Robert Nisbet, Heanish. The silk ribbons were added later to hang the walking stick.