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.
Moving to Doxford installation office
"In the shipyard side, they wanted installation draughtsmen, so with no more engines to test"
In the shipyard side, they wanted installation draughtsmen, so with no more engines to test I thought, “well, next step, try insulation work again,” so I applied for the position in the shipyard drawing office, and was successful to be taken on board there, joining people I had known for years- another good move. And again, thoroughly enjoyed going to work.
Derek has 10 memories in the memorynet:
Derek's memories with a Sounds and Smells theme:
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