FIFTY YEARS AGO Thursday November 28, 1968
Fishing boat nets a mine
A bomb disposal unit raced from Faslane to Campbeltown on Friday night after the local fishing boat, the ‘Mary McLean’, picked up a mine in her nets. The fishing boat was fishing off Arran when the German war time mine was discovered. Skipper, Mr Duncan McArthur, and crew-members lashed the mine, still in the net, to the boat’s side and steamed slowly for Campbeltown. The ‘Mary McLean’ tied up alongside the boom defence vessel ‘Mandarin’, berthed at Campbeltown’s Old Quay, and the net was slung from a derrick on the navy ship. Police sealed off the quay while the bomb disposal unit was on its way to the town. The mine was eventually taken to sea aboard the ‘Mandarin’ and disposed of at an Admiralty ammunition dumping ground.