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.
The closure of Doxford's
"And consequently, of course, as we all know shipbuilding came to an end"
Consequently, of course, as we all know shipbuilding came to an end and I think it was January 1989 when I was finished at the shipyard, and that is the end of that era literally, as far as my, practically whole life was concerned. As I remember, my father was at Doxford Engine’s in the new crank shop in 1939 and of course growing up with him talking about things and many things, it was a complete change. I was then out of machine, marine engineering and into another line of work.
It was very sad time for the shipyards to close, considering they had been rebuilt, I think, in the late 70s for this modern shipyard, the building dock which was a great innovation from the old outdoor, open, working outside building the ships to a covered in yard. It should have been a real winner for Doxford’s and for shipbuilding, but the powers that be down in London decided that there was to be no more ship building on the Wear, for whatever reasons one will never know.
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