FIFTY YEARS AGO Thurs­day Novem­ber 28, 1968

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS -

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.

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