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Sheaves from the Stackyard

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H. M.S. Sturdy The Final installment

Once all of the 105 crew were accounted for, the captain’s priority was to remove all the secret papers from the vessel. Most of the crew, including the injured, were taken to Oban that evening on HMS Rhododendron, leaving a salvage party of 22 on the island.

The wreck held provisions that were too tempting to ignore for warhungry Tiree.
Angus MacLean, Scarinish recalled “I never saw so much tea in my life.”
He saw an old man from West Hynish wearing an old tweed coat with patch pockets at the Sturdy wreck. He held the pockets open and someone literally poured the loose tea into them.
“It would have done him for a year!”
“The first ‘Crunchie’ bar I had to eat was from the Sturdy”. Mairi Campbell, Corrairigh.

“It wasn’t very safe. It’s a wonder to me no one was hurt or even drowned. I was there myself looking for souvenirs, and I’ve got one of the clasp knives out there in the workshop. And as for tobacco! My goodness, tobacco! Cigarettes by the million! Rum if you wanted it, plenty of rum too. And some of the boys [the Navy salvage party]would pinch a drop for a person, too”. Hugh MacLean, Barrapol.

Willie MacLean, Balinoe, watched another old islander searching on the beach afterwards. There were piles of oilskins and boots tangled up in the seaweed and he stripped off his old trousers and put on the new Navy oilskin trousers. The Sturdy’s chief engineer had fractured his knee during the evacuation of the boat. His son, Mike Gibson, was sent to Tiree to collect what personal possessions he could:

The preceding was extracted from the paper version of An Tirisdeach.

Tiree 10k & Fun Run

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Saturday 23rd May from 1pm at An Talla

Get your running shoes on – It’s the Tiree 10k & Fun Run 2009!

  • Kids Fun Run along Crossapol beach
  • Under 16’s Run around the loop to Balinoe beach
  • 10km Walk
  • 10km Run
  • The Power Push

And in the evening there is the fantastic Family Dance
at An Talla with TRAIL WEST
Doors open at 8pm, bar opens at 9pm

Enter in advance or on the day. Entry forms and information available from
School Library, Business Centre and www.isleoftiree.com

If you are not taking part please come along and cheer on all the runners and walkers.
Alternatively volunteer as a marshal. Give Will a call if you can help out.

If you have any questions or comments about the event
please call Will on 421.
The event uses public roads which remain open so participants are encouraged
to observe normal Highway Code rules. Drivers please be aware there will be runners
and walkers about on the roads from 1pm till 4pm

Which event should I enter?

  • Kids Fun Run – For kids aged under 13, but parents are welcome to join in too
  • Under 16’s Run – For ages 13 to 15 inclusive
  • The 10k Walk and Run – For ages 16 and over
  • The Power Push –You can be any age. You just need a child in a pram. No age limit on child!
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