George belongs to: The Doxford Engine Friends Association
George was born in 1940 in Hendon. He began his apprenticeship in 1956 and finished in 1961. From Doxford's George served in the merchant navy on tramp ships, cargo liners, container ships and oil tankers until he retired in 2005.
George was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 26 January 2006. The interview took place at Sunderland Museum and lasted 31 minutes and 54 seconds.
The smell of whale oil
"There would just be a general smell of oil and the department I worked in, on machining"
There would just be a general smell of oil and the department I worked in, on machining, the cutting fluid and lubricant and coolant used to enable, carry out machining operations was whale oil. And this stuff used to have a distinctive sort of smell and also it used to get into your skin and you used to stink.
George has 12 memories in the memorynet:
- Apprenticeship at Doxford's
- Benefits of a Doxford apprenticeship
- The value of a Doxford's apprenticeship
- Safety and accidents at Doxford's
- The smell of whale oil
- Sailing with a Doxford engine
- Conditions on the ship
- Meeting Michael Wilson in Shanghai
- Engineer's Certificate
- Continuous Certificate of Discharge