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Last of the puffermen : the real world of Para Handy

Author: Keith McGinn
Publisher: Glasgow : Neil Wilson Publishing, 2011.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For any fan of the exploits of Para Handy and the motley crew of the Vital Spark, this memoir is not to be missed. Keith McGinn's capers on the puffers off Scotland's West Coast are funnier than Neil Munro's tales at times, but they are also sadder too. The thing is, all of these stories are true. McGinn worked on those puffers, man and boy, for nearly 40 years and this is his story. He was there. Neil Munro's tales  Read more...
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Biography
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McGinn, Keith.
Last of the Puffermen : The Real World of Para Handy.
Glasgow : Neil Wilson Publishing, ©2011
Named Person: Keith McGinn
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Keith McGinn
ISBN: 9781906476410 1906476411
OCLC Number: 779139905
Description: 1 online resource (254 pages) : map
Contents: Introduction --
Map of west coast of Scotland --
Chapter 1. The start --
Chapter 2. Lady Isle --
Chapter 3. The first trip --
Chapter 4. Round the Mull --
Chapter 5. Self-discharge --
Chapter 6. Other puffers, puffermen and dockers --
Chapter 7. In the Clyde --
Chapter 8. The pufferman's Cape Horn --
Chapter 9. Nicknames --
Chapter 10. Amalgamation --
Chapter 11. Mate on the 'Ladys' --
Chapter 12. Uncharted waters --
Chapter 13. Islay: the Whisky Island --
Chapter 14. 'The Yanks' --
Chapter 15. Explosives, anchors and barrels of tar --
Chapter 16. Skipper of the Lady Isle --
Chapter 17. The loss of the Kaffir --
Chapter 18. Characters --
Chapter 19. Spare man --
Chapter 20. Return cargoes --
Chapter 21. The Glencloy, ghosts and groundings --
Chapter 22. Full-time skipper of the Dawnlight --
Chapter 23. Tragedies --
Chapter 24. Changing times --
Chapter 25. A rescue (1) --
Chapter 26. Deck cargo --
Chapter 27. A rescue (2) --
Chapter 28. Phimister of the Mounties --
Chapter 29. 'George' to the rescue --
Chapter 30. Hogged --
Chapter 31. Wedding bells --
Chapter 32. The Polarlight --
Chapter 33. 'Passengers' --
Chapter 34. 'The office' --
Chapter 35. The new Glencloy --
Chapter 36. The last of the puffers --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Keith McGinn.

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Keith McGinn's capers on the puffers off Scotland's West Coast are funnier than Neil Munro's tales at times, but they are also sadder too. The thing is, all of these stories are true.  Read more...

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