Bart belongs to: Cullercoats Community Centre
Bart was born in Cullercoats. He served part of an apprenticeship at Swan Hunters shipyard as a Shipwright. He broke his indentures to join the Royal Navy in 1941. He was demobbed in 1946 and joined the merchant navy. He came ashore and worked until he retired in 1982.
Bart was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 1 March 2006. The interview took place at Cullercoats Community Centre and lasted 30 minutes and 24 seconds.
Smell of seaweed
"Yes, when I was a bairn, I used to get it in the summer, the seaweed used to wash up"
Yes, when I was a bairn, I used to get it in the summer, the seaweed used to wash up. The summer weed, just like a garden, you know, you get seaweed and its got its time of year for, for coming off, just the same as your fields and what have you, youíve got your weeds coming up and youíve got time for them going away. Well, that used to come up to the high waters and as the tide would ebb it left it all at the high waters, and the sun used to shine on it and it used to have its own particular smell.
And if you were walking on it, you never had shoes in them days, you were walking barefoot, you put your feet on top of it and they used to go through. It was like jelly underneath. Not a nasty smell- well, it smelt of, oh Christ, what, what do you make out of seaweed? You put it on cuts and what have you- iodine! Itís one of the big things that you make out of seaweed, is iodine, like, you know, and that was the smell that you had. You could, once the wind was off the water, like, blowing ashore, you could smell it. You could smell it well inland.
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