IN APPROXIMATELY 1988 / 89, Sea Breezes published a letter from Donald Maclean who was seeking members of the crew of HMS Sturdy when the ship went aground on the Isle of Tiree in the Western Hebrides on 30 October 1940.
By chance, I saw that letter in Sea Breezes and my late father, Harry Springett, was fascinated that someone was interested in “his old ship”. That letter changed the course of my life because, over the years, I have become the keeper of the flame for HMS Sturdy. With assistance from the late LCdr Mike Gibson, we had a memorial cairn built on Tiree which was unveiled during a special service for the 70th anniversary. The 30th October 2020 marks the 80th anniversary of the loss of HMS Sturdy and I want to encourage descendants and family members to visit the Isle of Tiree. May I ask that, after all these years, I too can ask for interested people to get in touch with me.