Fred belongs to: Royal British Legion Seaman's Mess
Fred was born in South Shields and went to Ocean Road School. He worked on the tug boats before going to sea in the merchant navy when he was 17.
Fred was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 5 December 2005. The interview took place at the Interviewee's living room and lasted 1 hour, 1 minute and 3 seconds.
Homesickness and adjusting to life at sea
"Well, it was an adventure you see"
Well, it was an adventure you see, and at that time you didnít think about it. I didnít think about it. If I was in dire straits or something and I was in bad company, that may have made me homesick, or made me sick to get home and see my parents and that, but it didnít. The first trip away I didnít miss home at all. I was too excited about the trips that we did.
Fred has 14 memories in the memorynet:
- The catering boy's wages
- Homesickness and adjusting to life at sea
- Training and learning the ropes
- The Hudson Bay
- Keeping clean
- Leisure time in the merchant navy
- Making music on the ship
- Lifeboat drill
- Icebergs and dangers
- The Seaman's Mess
- Fred's accordion
- Mess night
- Seaman's Mess
- South Shields Royal British Legion Seaman's Mess tie