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Mackinnon of Bridge of Earn wrote to us following the death of his
father, Alex, in January 2004: "All my life I have heard stories about
the shipyard from my Dad - it played such an overwhelming part in his,
and many others', lives. There was a real sense of community associated
with the place. My Dad's father, brother and uncles all went into the
shipyard. When my Dad's brother Willie emigrated to Australia he
continued to work in the industry, eventually owning a boat building
business in Whyalla and employing quite a few ex-Burntisland
men. Shipbuilding must have been in the blood."
also sent me copies of some of his father's shipyard memorabilia, which
are shown below. We hope that they will evoke a few memories among
former shipyard workers and former colleagues of Alex. (Alex and Alex's
father both also feature in the 1941 documentary film, 'Steel Goes to
Sea'. This can be seen on YouTube (opens in a new tab or window),
with Alex at 06:45mins and his father at 05:58mins.)
hand photo: on the left, Alex Mackinnon,
with (possibly) the
Guyan brothers, David and Jimmy.
(1) April 2010, from Andrew
Beveridge - "Having shown the photograph from Burntisland Online, 'Alex
Mackinnon with possibly the Guyan Brothers' to my Aunt, wife of the
late David Guyan, I can confirm that it is *not*
either of the Guyan
Brothers of Burntisland in the photograph. Unfortunately, she does not
recognise the men with
(2) December 2016, from Alan Richardson - "The person in the middle of
this photo was George Burrell
from Kinghorn. He was a plater. He was born in 1905 in the Ship Tavern
Kinghorn and was a scratch golfer."
Right hand photo: Burntisland
High Street, late 1940s - on the left, Alex Mackinnon; on the right,
his younger brother Willie.
In the photo: on
the right, Alex Mackinnon, with (possibly) Adam Martin.
On the right: Alex Mackinnon's union card.
generation, to Alex' father, John. Above is the letter he
received in 1924 when he completed
his five years' apprenticeship as a plater. And below is the letter
which Alex himself received 23 years later.
The Prince of Wales (with bowler hat, stooping) visits
Burntisland Shipyard in the mid 1930s.
On the left of the picture, with his back to the camera, is Alex
Mackinnon's uncle, Neilly McLennan.
Slightly left of centre in the picture, attending to the machine, is
The end of the road. Alex Mackinnon's copy of the letter from the
Burntisland Shipbuilding Company Limited, giving him 14 days notice
of termination of his employment when the company became insolvent.
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