The crew of the SS Dunara Castle were lucky, reports of wrecks and drownings during the stormy season were usual.Saturday 11 January 1879 From “Heavy the Beat of the Weary Waves” – an Old Dirge from the Isle of Mull Robert Mc Tavish born 23 September 1859 at Oban, the fifth child, second son of fisherman Duncan Mc Tavish and first child of Elizabeth Mc Fadyen, the daughter of a fisherman left a scant paper trail during his brief life.Whether cousin John Mc Kinnon son of Catherine Mc Tavish and her husband, Morven born seaman, Alexander Mc Kinnon was on board the SS Dunara Castle during Christmas-New Year 1878-79 period is unknown.What a nuisance from a research point of view that …Enumerated in the 1881 Census was, Duncan aged sixty a retired fisherman with his wife, forty one year old Elizabeth; thirty-two year old son, Alexander a fisherman, eighteen year old daughter Elizabeth, a domestic servant while Duncan aged fourteen ran errands for a local baker.At the time, twenty one year old mariner, Robert was unemployed while Duncan and Elizabeth’s daughters Mary eight and Catherine five attended school as did eight year old grandson Duncan Mc Tavish.Upon completion of his schooling, probably around fourteen years of age, Robert found employment on the fishing or cargo vessels operating out of Oban as the following article from the Oban Times published 28 June 1879 disclosed, in a not too favourable light.
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Given the weather at this time of the year, there was little doubt the SS Dunara Castle could land the liquor, essential to New Year celebrations. of Tobermory endowed with a morally superior attitude wrote – “I am glad to find that a large proportion of the inhabitants of Iona have led the way in giving up the observance of Old Style.
As it was customary not to order the New Year beverages until the end of the year, because, even in well-meaning families the best Islay whisky disappeared in hot haste, Iona residents were disadvantaged by geographic and meteorological conditions. The correspondent from Iona wrote – “Our absent friends will no doubt be glad to hear that the New Year was held again on the 12th, January, H. I hope all other islands will follow and when 1880 comes, no Highlander will be found lagging twelve days behind the rest of the kingdom”.
Probably, Robert and his uncle, John Mc Fadyen worked for the Cumstie family, merchants in Oban and owner of the smack Isabella, who ran cargo between the mainland and the Islands.
After residing in High Street, thirty odd years and wondering what prompted the Mc Tavish family’s move to Shore Street in 1881, an article in the Oban Times, 25 October 1879 explained – “There are a number of buildings in town in course of erection or nearly finished.