Tag Archives: water routes

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Softback book ‘The Crinan Canal’ by Marian Pallister, 2016.

Tells the story of the canal from its origins to the present day, discussing how it was built, who built it, how it changed life in the surrounding areas, and how it has been used. Includes Tiree content, with references to marble, emigration, drainage schemes, destitution, the potato famine, population, wages and Gaelic. (Pages 30, 66, 67, 156 & 157.)


Archive film from 1972 about Round `The Mull`

DVD film from the Scottish Screen Archive about `Round `The Mull“. Filmed in 1972, colour, sound. A tour of the western isles on board the “Loch Carron” ferry in June 1972. Starting at Kingston Bridge, Glasgow then down the Clyde under the Erskine Bridge, Dumbarton Rock and Greenock. On to Arran, Fladda lighthouse and round the Mull of Kintyre. Then Tobermory, Coll and Tiree. A walk around Tiree includes footage of An Iodhlann when it was used as a dental surgery by dentist W.R.Weatherston. Then Barra, Lochboisdale and back to Oban.


Archive film from 1944 about `The Isles of Youth`

DVD film from the Scottish Screen Archive about `The Isles of Youth`. Filmed in 1944, colour, silent. David MacBrayne`s silent film of various island scenery in the western isles, interspersed with poetic texts. Subjects include ferries, buses, Oban, Stornoway, Harris and Harris tweed, Rodeland & St.Clements Church, Uist, Barra, Tiree including the ship “Mary Stewart” abandoned in Scarinish Harbour but still intact, Lunga, Iona, Staffa, Mull, Highland Games.


Archive film from 1966 about `A Dentist`s Road to the Isles`

DVD film from the Scottish Screen Archive about `A Dentist`s Road to the Isles`. Filmed in 1966, colour, sound. Film journal of dental surgeon John Cadden`s trip around the isles to treat patients. Starting at his home in Dumbarton, then to Oban via the Clyde and the Crinan Canal on his boat “Contance”. Then to Tobermory for the first of his treatments, followed by Rum and Eigg. Many close-up views of dental patients undergoing treatment. He also treated patients on Tiree, Islay, Jura, Colonsay and Soay, but not on this trip.


Letter to Ulrike Rawson, Balephetrish in reply to message in to bottle found by Donald Brown, Vaul, 1999

Letter from seaman Peter Fairbairn, Northumberland, who regularly launches messages in bottles. Donald Brown found the message, and Ulrike Rawson replied to the message. The bottle was launched off the eastern seaboard of America or the Caribbean between May 1989 and December 1990. That`s 9-10 years at sea!. The letter from Peter Fairbairn to Ulrike gives details of his travels at sea in the oil industry, including a copy of the page from his seaman`s book that shows his location at the time he launched the bottle.


Book “Coast Missions: a memoir of the Rev. Thomas Rosie” by Rev. James Dodds, Dunbar 1862

Hardback book about the destinations and experiences of the Rev. Thomas Rosies during his missionary work in Scotland and abroad, over the period 1825 to 1860. Chapters include details of his childhood, the West Coast Mission, work around Scotland (Tiree and Coll are mentioned on page 131), and Bombay, India.

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