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A photograph of Michael O Donnell

Michael O Donnell

Fishing trips started overlapping with the lighthouse duties

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Duration: 17m 19s

Type: Audio

Filesize: 23.1 Mb

Recorded: 18 November 2010

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Listen to Michael O Donnell reflect upon his time as light keeper at Dunnet Head lighthouse. He talks about the bike journey up to Dunnet Head on dark evenings, the noise and vibration from the foghorn and the memorable day he took the decision to change the mantle. He explains how he acted as a tour guide showing tourists around the lighthouse.

When Michael bought a boat he took the decision to leave the lighthouse service. In addition to regular fishing to earn a living, he took groups of sea anglers on fishing trips to catch cod, skate and halibut. He describes the activity at Brough Harbour and the challenges of sailing in the Pentland Firth, particularly in stormy weather.

With thanks to Joanne B Kaar for recording Michael ODonnells memories and for making the recording available to Wick Voices.

The original interview took place in November 2010.




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