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.
Sound of the Doxford engine
"Sounds. Well, the sound is a Doxford engine sound which is a very distinct sound"
Sounds. Well, the sound is a Doxford engine sound which is a very distinct sound and it’s one of its, all on its own, “boom, de-boom, de-boom, de-boom,” which, when an engine was on test at Pallion, seemed to echo round a lot of the Sunderland area. My brother-in-law lived at East Boldon and when we were testing an engine during the night, he would say, “oh yes, Denny’s got another engine on test tonight.”
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