Derek belongs to: The Doxford Engine Friends Association
Derek served an apprenticeship at North East Marine before going to sea. He returned to work in the Doxford Drawing Office then transferred to the Technical Office. He worked there until engine building stopped and moved to the Installation Drawing Office in the shipyard until it closed.
Derek was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 26 January 2005. The interview took place at Sunderland Museum and lasted 24 minutes and 47 seconds.
Equipment in the drawing office
"Well, it was a wooden drawing board on a cast iron frame which you could adjust"
Well, it was a wooden drawing board on a cast iron frame which you could adjust, for slope for working on with a pantograph system attached to these links with your T squares on. The scales were, depending on the scales you could screw them off. If it was 1:50, 1:25, 1:100 you unscrewed and put the appropriate scales on that you required. And that was how things were, until later on when the computers came in. And of course, now those, not entirely, the drawing board is not entirely redundant, but in main industries, they are.
Derek has 10 memories in the memorynet:
Derek's memories with a Equipment theme:
- Equipment in the drawing office
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