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.
Local news: report on boat-building and restoration course; report on Christmas craft fayre; Tiree Community Business chairman’s report; S5 pupils say thank you for support of mountain climb; TRD’s cinema wins funding award; hoax telephone calls; managment of campervans; in influx of house mice; letter to the editor from Derrick Wolstencroft in Spain; New York marathon update by Matt Boyd; announcing Tiree Association scholarship awards; announcing Christmas lights competition; report on the Think Pink fundraising event at the Lodge Hotel.
Local news: Tiree Pipe Band wins Strathaven Gala shield; Feis Thiriodh 2009 schedule; Atlantic Rising project starts on Tiree; Tiree Community Broadband update; Tiree Open golf competition; Team Tiree moonwalk; Strathclyde police officials visit by helicopter; use of passing places by motorists; Baugh Church re-development project; funds raised by Tiree 10K events for Tiree Windsurfing Club; The Cooperative invests in Tiree food store; Saoghal nan Gaidheal / Life of the Gael 2009 – photographic competition for children to promote use of Gaelic; school news; local band Skerryvore prepare for their ‘T in the Park’ debut; Agricultural Show home industries schedule.
Colour photograph of a Navy ‘Wasp’ helicopter taking off from the Decca HIFIX caravan at Aird, Cornaigmore, in 1970. HIFIX stations were located at several spots in the Hebrides for relaying messages to/from survey vessels at sea, which were recording the topography of the ocean floor. The Navy had sent personnel ashore by helicopter to lay a cable from the mains electricity suppy to the caravan, in response to a complaint by the occupier of the house, Mr A Campbell, about the noise made by the caravan’s generator.
Colour photograph of the Decca HIFIX mast and caravan next to the house at Aird, Cornaigmore, in 1970. HIFIX stations were located at several spots in the Hebrides for relaying messages to/from survey vessels at sea, which were recording the topography of the ocean floor. The house in the photograph was occupied by Mr A Campbell, who “complained about the generator noise. He had spent his life at sea in engine rooms and thought he deserved a peaceful retirement”. As a consequence, a cable from the caravan was connected to the mains electricity supply. Includes additional emailed information.
Printed image of data recording equipment from Ireland, found washed up at Vaul by Donald Brown in 2017. The equipment was returned to the project managers of a collaborative project between Foras Na Mara (Marine Institute) and Colaiste Croi Mhuire, An Spideal, Co. Galway, Republic of Ireland.
Copy of a letter dated July 2017 from the United States Coast Guard to the UK Maritime and Coast Guard Agency regarding transfer of ownership of a large marine buoy found by Donald Brown, which was washed up on the shore at Vaul in 2017. Includes photocopies of colour photographs of the buoy and its solar panels.