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Storm Washes Up Tuna Tag

tuna tag

Ella holds the tag after a cleaning

The recent storms brought winds of up to 60 miles per hour, which meant that for two days the plane from Glasgow to Tiree was cancelled and, on two consecutive Thursdays, the ferry from Oban was disrupted.

The first Thursday it was decided on the Wednesday that due to expected gales they wouldn’t try to sail to Tiree, even though they would go to Barra later in the day. The second Thursday, the boat was in sight of the pier when it was turned back due to the heavy swell.

It was after the weather had calmed that Cameron Smith took his daughter Ella for a walk along the beach at Balephetrish. The rough seas had washed up all manner of objects, but one in particular caught Cameron’s eye, a tag with identification numbers and details of who to contact if it was found. Cameron sent an e-mail saying where and when he had found the tag and with in a couple of hours received a reply from Guillermo Aranda at the University of Cadiz, Spain.

The tag had been implanted into a Bluefin Tuna near the Balearic Islands in July, to allow scientists to follow the horizontal movements of the fish during its summer migration to the breeding grounds in the Mediterranean Sea. After the summer the fish swim out to feeding areas in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Guillermo said that they knew this tag had been released prematurely from the fish near Ireland, as they had received satellite information at the time of deployment, so the ocean currents must have carried the tag to Tiree. The University offer a reward for any tags found because it is vital that they are able to retrieve the information of depth and temperature stored on the tag.

Letters plea for ancestry help

The first regarding a Tiree schoolhouse

Dear Editor,
My name is Brian Harris and I am trying to find out more information about a Tiree School House in 1941.

My relatives, Erik and Leah Naslund stayed in the house. Erik was in the Merchant Navy and they had three children Erik, Jacqueline, and Dudley who was born in the School House in October 1941.

We are hoping to visit Tiree soon, and I am trying to find where the School House they lived in was, and whether it still exists. Any information you can give me would be appreciated.

Please contact the Editor if you have any information about the house and the family so this can be forwarded to Brian.

The second is a plea from Australia

Dear Editor,
I am currently researching Scottish Australian Heritage/History and Ancestry and I am very keen to have information from anyone in the community about the Scottish roots of those who came to Australia, especially as it’s the bicentenary of Australian Governor MacQuarrie in 2010, who of course is one of the most prominent Scotsmen that most people here have heard about.

I feel it is very important to collate this information soon while some of the history is still in living memory or has been passed down the family either orally or written, along with any information about their family ancestry names/dates etc.

Also any family stories about the places the families came from in Scotland, the boats they left on, journey stories and early pioneer days in Australia. All the information gathered will be passed on to Clan organisations in Australia and Scotland.

I myself am descended from the Mclaurins, Stewarts, Bruce and Hunter Clans and am directly related to Robert the Bruce -he was my 21 generation great grandfather and before him all the ancient Kings of Scotland. I am actively involved with the Clans in Australia with many friends and of course relatives in many of them.

I am very keen to try to build a database with Scottish Australian History which will be also recorded with any of the Clan groups or societies any of the community members are related to.
Thankyou best wishes Trevor Smurthwaite

If anyone can help Trevor, he can be contacted directly at the address below or via the An Tirisdeach Office.

Trevor Smurthwaite
122 Goldmark Crescent
Cranebrook Sydney NSW2749