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BBC Trusadh – Donald and the Cargo Boats (2013)

BBC Trusadh 2013 Donald and the Cargo Boats

Boats have long been a lifeline for the fragile island communities of the Scottish West coast. Amongst those were the Cal mac cargo-boats which served the Inner and Outer Hebrides in the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s – direct descendants of the famous puffers. Keen model boat builder and Cal mac enthusiast, Donald Meek narrates the story.

He has fond recollections of the visits of the likes of the Lochcarron from his days as a young boy in Tiree, and then in Oban while at High school. Weaving beautiful, and little seen archive with these anecdotes and interviews, Donald and the Cargo Boats tells the warm, nostalgic story of these boats and their special place amongst the islanders of the Scottish west coast.

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