Ernie belongs to: Souter Lighthouse
Ernie was born in Gosforth, Newcastle. He served his apprenticeship at Vickers Armstrong at Elswick in the gun shops. After retiring Ernie began volunteering at Souter Lighthouse where he has a particular interest in the lighthouse's engineering.
Ernie was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 2 March 2006. The interview took place at Souter Lighthouse and lasted 10 minutes and 49 seconds.
Favourite part of Souter
"Well, I feel closest to the tower because itís more, itís impressive, but for my view, the engine rooms is equally as impressive "
Well, I feel closest to the tower because itís more, itís impressive, but for my view, the engine rooms is equally as impressive as the tower. In the engine room youíve got equipment there which is very old, it still works, itís the original equipment, some of itís the original equipment, and then youíve got the latter day equipment, such as the compressors and generators and the likes of that.
But weíve got the original carbon arc light, which in itís time was cutting edge technology, 1871 carbon arc light driven by AC electricity, it was cutting edge technology. And we have a clockwork mechanism which the engineering of it is absolutely superb. So these things fascinate me, and you transport all of that up into the tower, and the engineering in the tower, and you have first class Victorian and Edwardian engineering.
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