Tag Archives: shipwrecks

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2021.54.97

Transcript of a Report submitted to Tobermory Procurator Fiscal regarding the deaths of Mathew Byrne Mate, Robert Mackay, Thomas Wedick, James Donley or Donelly, James Kehoe (all of Arklow) and Herman Hallander (of Sweden) in 1885.

The deceased were all serving on board the Brigantine ‘Nancy’ of Dublin, which sank on 8 February 1885 after striking ‘Dubhsker’ (Dugh Sgeir) an outlying rock about three miles to the North West of Craignish Point (Cràiginis or Rubha Chràiginis), Tiree. The Captain, Richard Kerrow (Arklow), was rescued.

Richard Kerrow (above), Alexander Cameron (Moss), William McNeil (fisherman, Balevullin), Murdoch MacLeod (Police Officer, Tiree) are named as witnesses.

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From the liveArgyll Archives in Lochgilphead, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.

2021.54.89

Transcript of Inventory of Precognition submitted to Tobermory Procurator Fiscal regarding a dead body washed ashore at Caoles, Isle of Coll, on 11 April 1873. The body was discovered at the wreck of the Brigantine ‘Richard Thomson’ of Belfast. A description is given of the clothing on the body, and the items found in the pockets.

Statements are provided by:

Alexander MacFadyen (crofter, Caoles, Coll)
Hugh MacLean (crofter, Caoles, Coll)
John MacFadyen (crofter, Caoles, Tiree)
Alexander MacDougall (son of Lachlan MacDougall, Caoles, Coll)
Hugh Campbell (cottar, Caoles, Coll)
Allan MacDonald (labourer and fisherman, Caoles, Tiree)
Lachlan MacDougall (farm manager, Caoles, Coll)

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From the liveArgyll Archives in Lochgilphead, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.

2021.54.68

Transcript of a Complaint from Archibald Campbell (Receiver of Wreck, Tiree) to Mr Colin Campbell regarding an alleged theft from the wreck of the Maria and Fanny in August 1868. Archibald Campbell requests a warrant to search the houses of Alexander McDonald, Farquhar McDonald, Hugh McArthur, John McArthur, Hugh Kennedy (all cottars, Balephuil) and Angus McArthur (crofter, Balephuil) on suspicion of plundering from the wreck of the ‘Maria and Fanny of Milford’. Campbell also writes to William Sproat Esquire on the matter.

The Maria and Fanny was wrecked near Kenavara in August 1868 with the loss of two lives. An account of this can be found in 2021.54.65.

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From the liveArgyll Archives in Lochgilphead, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.

2021.54.65

Transcript of Inventory of Precognition investigating the death of Joseph Evans and William James on 8 August 1868. Evans (cook and seaman on board the Maria and Fanny) and James (Master on board the Maria and Fanny) drowned on the wreck of the Maria Fanny of Milford Devon Wales. The Maria and Fanny was on a journey between Ayr and Limerick with a cargo of coals, but hit a rock – ‘bo-more’ (possibly Bogha Mòr) – near Kenavara in a storm.

The transcript contains descriptions of clothing and tattoos found on the deceased, as well as some descriptions of their bodies. Thomas Davis mentions the following locations in his account of the ship’s journey: Lamlash (Isle of Arran), ‘Torry’ Island (perhaps Tory or Toraigh Island), Skerryvore, Tiree. The transcript names Archibald Campbell as Receiver of Wrecks at Balinoe.

Statements are provided by:

Angus MacArthur (crofter, Balephuil)
Malcolm MacArthur (crofter, Balephuil)
Alexander MacDonald (fisherman, Balephuil)
Donald MacArthur (son of and residing with Angus MacArthur, Balephuil)
Duncan Cameron (Constable, Tiree)
Thomas Davis (seaman, Pembroke)
James Brown (seaman, Pembrokeshire)
William Thomas (seaman, Devon)
Donald McArthur (fisherman, Balephuil)
Archibald Brown, (farmer, Balephuil)
Archibald Brown (seaman, Mannal)

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From the liveArgyll Archives in Lochgilphead, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.

2021.54.64

Transcript of Precognition investigating the loss of the Barque Grav von Scheffen of Rostock (Barque Graf von Schlieffen of Rostock) in August 1868. The transcript contains an account by Arfst Baalandorf Staormon (mate on board the barque, Island of Fahr [Föhr], Schleswig-Hostein) of how the barque ran aground on a reef off the Isle of Iona while it was carrying salt and soap on a voyage from Liverpool to Halifax and back. The transcript mentions locations including: Maidens Light (possibly Maidens Lighthouse), Skerryvore, Tiree, Dhu Heartach and Iona. A record for the wreck of this barque is available on Canmore.

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From the liveArgyll Archives in Lochgilphead, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.

2021.54.38

Transcript of Precognition of Witnesses against John MacDonald on charges of fraud, October 1860.

John MacDonald (of Tobermory) was working as pilot on board the steamer Cantie Queen in August 1860 when he was approached by Roderick McKenzie and John Campbell on behalf of John MacDonald (the accused) with an offer to work as Master of the smack Mary Balfour. Later, MacDonald (of Tobermory) was asked to wreck the vessel at Barra for the sum of £20.

The report makes mention of various locations, including: Lancefield Quay, Glasgow; John Rankin’s Spirit Celler, Broomielaw; Londonderry; Jeantown, Lochcarron; Davidsons spirit Cellar near Lancefield Quay; McLachlan’s Spirit Shop, Jamaica Street; the Clyde Hotel, Broomielaw; Crinnan; the Isle of Canna; Custom House, Glasgow.

Statements are provided by: John MacDonald (seaman, Craigspure, Tobermory) and Neil Darroch (seaman, Tobermory).

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From the liveArgyll Archives in Lochgilphead, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.

2021.54.34

Transcript of Precognition of Witnesses submitted to Henry Nisbet, Tobermory Procurator Fiscal, regarding the sudden deaths of Malcolm McKinnon and Ann or Nancy MacDougall or Burnett on 3 October 1860. McKinnon and MacDougall/Burnett died when a mail packet ran ashore in Glenbeg, near Loch Sunart, during a storm. Statements are provided from:

Hector Lamont (master and owner of a mail packet, Kirkapol. Brother-in-Law of Malcolm McKinnon, deceased)
Archibald McFadyen (seaman, Kirkapol)
Niel McLean (crofter, Ruaig)
Niel McKinnon (Arinagour, Coll)
Alexander Campbell (Inland Revenue Officer, Broadford, Isle of Skye. Sister-in-Law of Ann or Nancy McDougall or Burnett)

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From the liveArgyll Archives in Lochgilphead, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.

 

2021.54.32

Transcript of a Police Report submitted to Tobermory Procurator Fiscal by Finlay Fraser (D.C., Tiree) regarding the discovery of a body on the shore of Sandaig. The body was possibly one of the crew of the smack Swan of Belfast, which was wrecked on 10th January 1860, and was likely the body of George Murray (Captain, Swan of Belfast).

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From the liveArgyll Archives in Lochgilphead, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.

2021.54.31

Transcript of a Police Report submitted to Henry Nisbet, Tobermory Procurator Fiscal, regarding the discovery of a male body on the shore at Greenhill opposite Greenhill House on 20 February 1860. It is speculated in the report that the body was one of the men lost on board the Swan of Belfast, which was wrecked on 19 January 1860. The body was found by Walter Carmichael (labourer, Greenhill). The report is submitted by Finlay Fraser, Detective Constable.

A statement is provided by Walter Carmichael, and is corroborated by:

Neil McLean (Greenhill)
Malcolm McNeil (baker from Portree, Skye, but at the time residing in Greenhill House)
Lachlan Cameron (tailor, Greenhill)
Hector McLean (crofter, Sandaig)
Alexander McLean (Ballmeniach [Middleton])

This report contains descriptions of a body in a state of decomposition. Click to read a transcript of this item.

From the liveArgyll Archives in Lochgilphead, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.

 

2021.54.26

Transcript of Precognition of Witnesses regarding the discovery of bodies on board the wreck of the Francis of St Ives and on the shore of the Isle of Coll, November 1860. The Francis of St Ives, a three masted vessel, was wrecked off the shore of Caoles in Coll, ‘between Ellen oare and Caol’. Descriptions are given of tattoos upon the body of the sailor on board the ship, as well as the clothes he was wearing.

Statements are provided by:
Hector Maclean (son of and residing with John Maclean, Arileod)
John Kennedy (Grimsary)
John Craig (tacksman, Crossapol)
Charles Cowan (mason, Ballyhough)

In a letter attached from James MacColl (Interim Registrar of Births and Deaths for the District of Coll) to Henry Nisbet (Tobermory Procurator Fiscal), MacColl writes that the body of Mrs Fowler, a ‘pauper’ residing at Torastan in Coll, was discovered on the 18th October 1860 at some distance from her own house.

This report contains descriptions of the bodies discovered. Click to read a transcript of this item.

From the liveArgyll Archives in Lochgilphead, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.

 

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