Two colour photographs of the opening of the new mart at the Rural Centre, Crossapol, in 2003.
Small photograph of an oil painting of the yacht ‘Oceana’ sailing off the coast of Naples in around 1929, with Mount Vesuvius erupting in the background. The Oceana was wrecked at the west end of Crossapol beach in 1949, and the cause of much intrigue at the time. Painted by the Italian artist L. Papaluca (1890-1934), who was well-known for his paintings of ships. The painting belonged to Robert Polson of Badachro (Gairloch) who captained the yacht.
Large wooden pulley block found at the west end of Crossapol beach in 2008/2009. Thought to be from the schooner ‘Oceana‘, which was wrecked at the east end of the beach in 1949.
Collection of 12 assorted invoices and receipts belonging to the Tiree Agricultural Society and Show Committee, 1984-1990. Includes those from Tiree Hall Committee, Archibald Brown & Son Merchants, Balemartine & Crossapol, Sruthan Stores, Crossapol, Andrew Irvine & Sons, Tighnabruaich, Balephetrish Guest House and the Lodge Hotel.
Solicitors’ copy of a Minute of Agreement between Tiree Public Hall Management Committee and Tiree Agricultural Show Committee regarding a loan of £500 from the show committee to the hall committee in 1990, and the conditions of its repayment. Signed by Grace C MacKinnon and Monica Smith for the show committee, and Donald M MacDonald, Heanish, and Jack Carter, Balephetrish, for the hall committee.
Wedding cake postal box and compliments slip found inside a tin box in the wall of Taigh a’ Chontractor, Crossapol, in 2016.
The wedding, held in London on 4 June 1917, was of Kate Matheson Maclennan, mantle saleswoman from Partick, to John Maclean (42), Corporation Clerk and Private in the Royal Highlanders of Canada. The cake box is addressed to Mrs Ann MacDonald, Farmer, Balemartine, Tiree, and stamped 2d. Ann was 66 in the 1911 census (72 at the time of the wedding). Both of Kate’s parents were from Stornoway.
Clear plastic garment bag from Hebridean Knitwear, decorated with a map of the Hebrides. A small knitwear factory operated on Tiree from 1969 to 1984, first at Kirkapol and then at Crossapol.
Two pellets of a bird of prey found behind the old garage at Crossapol in May 2018.
Obituary for Major John Campbell (1921-2015), owner of the schooner ‘Oceana‘, which ran aground and broke up on the Baugh end of Crossapol Beach in 1949 under mysterious circumstances. Major Campbell survived shellfire and swamps as he advanced through Italy with Popski’s Private Army during WWII.
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First published in The Telegraph newspaper, 3 September 2015 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/11842074/Major-John-Campbell-obituary.html