Saturday, 19 March 2011


A vessel of that name was in Stornoway harbour at the time of the 1901 Census, on the night of 31st March / 1st April. She was probably the Macbrayne ferry plying between Kyle of Lochalsh and Stornoway. An image of the vessel docked at Kyle can be viewed on this page on the Am Baile website. There is also an extensive history of the ship on the same page, to which I refer.

On that night in 1901, there were 27 members of crew on board.
When going back through the previous censes, it is noticeable that several crewmembers had shorebound occupations before going to sea. One was a carpenter, another was a tailor. As they originated outside the Outer Hebrides, further perusal of this subject lies outwith the remit of this blog.

John Allan 58, fireman, Glasgow
John Mackinlay 27, 2nd officer, Glasgow
Theodore Sobenson 49, chief engineer, Norwegian
Neil MacCaig 21, 2nd engineer, Glasgow
Archd Macculloch 43, AB seaman, South Knapdale, Argyll
Robert Urquhart 50, AB seaman, Gairloch, Rossshire
Malcolm Macdougall 23, AB seaman, Tobermory [Mull], Argyll
Alexr Mackinnon 24, seaman, Strath, Inverness
Angus Nicolson 58, AB seaman, Portree, Inverness
Lachlan Buie 38, AB seaman, Small Isles [Jura], Argyll

Andrew Munro 46, AB seaman, Snizort [Skye], Inverness
George McTuilkan 28, AB seaman, Tarbert, Argyll
John Maclean 55, seaman, Portree, Inverness
John Fullerton 36, donkey man, Arran, Bute
John Cameron 49, fireman, Tiree, Argyll
Kenneth Macdonald 31, fireman, Kilmuir, Inverness
Wm J Diamond 35, fireman, Glasgow
John Allan 58, fireman, Glasgow
James L Masson 44, purser, Inverness
John Fisher 21, asst purser, Ardchattan Muckairn, Argyll
Mary Brown 44, stewardess, Gairloch, Ross
Angus Campbell, 64, master mariner, Tarbert, Argyll
Charles Harkness, 26, steward, Port Glasgow, Renfrew
William Irvine, 23, asst stewart, Glasgow
Donald MacTavish, 26, chief officer, North Knapdale, Argyll
Wm Timpson, 21, steward, Glasgow
Thomas Wattling, 40, cook, Edinburgh
Walter Weir, 15, steward, Greenock

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