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Magnificent yachts that vanished from the west

Charles Dunell Rudd, back row, centre, with the crew of the Mingary.

THE First World War, and the depression that followed, changed a landscape and a way of life along Scotland’s West Coast forever.

Nowhere was this more in evidence than the almost total disappearance of a fleet of private yachts from virtually every sea loch and estuary between the Butt of Lewis and Wigtown Bay.

For almost a century before the Great War, anyone who owned a coastal estate kept a boat for pleasure. Commissioned by some of the country’s richest men, these stately yachts were symbols of wealth and power and provided much local employment, both afloat and ashore.

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