We visited George’s Aunt last week, and as so often happens the conversation turned to the past. We talked about George’s grandfather (who he never met) and in particular the two puffers he sailed around the West Coast of Scotland from the ’30s to the ’50s. They were called the StarFinch and the Narwhal. Later we were helping to sort some old papers at her house and I came upon an envelope addressed to George’s cousin once removed (his grandfather’s nephew) Inside we found a letter, and these.
Back home we did a little research and found a story here about the Starfinch delivering coal along Loch Feochan.
Loch Feochan is close to Sheiling, we drive along it on our trips to Oban. So now when we do I have a little think about George’s grandfather delivering coal and other goods to the communities along our coast. And about my grandfather who mined coal in Wales.