A visit to the Campbeltown Shipyard archive at McDuff Shipyard

Telegram from Andrew Douglas Ltd, Campbeltown, congratulating Campbeltown Shipyard on the launch of the Crimson Arrow in 1970. Courtesy of McDuff Shipyards Archive.

We are very grateful to Stuart Mack and Natalie Dawson of McDuff Shipyard in Buckie for making us welcome and for the use of their computers and scanner during out visit to the Campbeltown Shipyard archive at their HQ in Buckie. We are also grateful to Jack Welford, a local pupil from Buckie High School, who has been carrying out work practice at the yard and who, during his summer break, was set the task of organising/rationalising the Campbeltown Shipyard archive. He’s done a great job!

Stuart Mack of McDuff Shipyards, Buckie. Photo Courtesy of Jan Nimmo

Jack Welford, a pupil from Buckie High School who has been organising the Campbeltown Shipyard archive at McDuff Shipyards, Photo Courtesy of Jan Nimmo

As we only had a day in Buckie it felt like that we really only scratched the surface of what is actually housed at the yard – digitally documenting what is there would be a project in itself. That said, we were at least able to get an idea of the kind of material is available – it includes correspondence, contracts, press, some photos and general arrangement drawings. The drawings range from early tracing paper ink drawings to dyeline prints of CAD drawings. There are also detail drawings showing adaptations for individual boats. It’s a treasure trove really. 

If you have an interest in seeing the contents if the archive the this can be done by appointment through Stuart. Email Stuart or call +44 (0)1542 831464

General arrangement drawing by George MacGregor of St Adrian, which was built for David Tod of Anstruther in 1970 – Courtesy of of McDuff Shipyards Archive, Buckie. Photo courtesy of Paul Barham.

Photo of a model of the St Adrian built at Campbeltown Shipyard for Skipper David Tod of Anstruther in 1970. Courtesy of McDuff Shipyards archive, Buckie.

Letter dated 19th Feb. 1970 (the day after the first launch, that of the Crimson Arrow) to Leslie Howarth from J. Peach. Courtesy of McDuff Shipyards archive, Buckie.

Project coordinator for Top Skippers’ Choice, Jan Nimmo, looking through some of the drawings in the archive at McDuff Shipyards, Buckie, with John Watt. Photo courtesy of Paul Barham.

Top Skippers’ Choice volunteer, Paul Barham, photographing some of the drawings in the archive at McDuff Shipyards, Buckie. Photo courtesy of Jan Nimmo.

Finally like I’d like to thank Paul Barham who took a day of annual leave to help document some of the archive with me!

Jan Nimmo, Top Skippers’ Choice project coordinator.

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