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 value of a Doxford's apprenticeship
"It was fascinating. As I say, there was a broad spectrum of people from all walks of life"
It was fascinating. As I say, there was a broad spectrum of people from all walks of life, all types of people. People who were great lads, and people you would cross the street to avoid, you know. When I started in 1956, the figure which comes to my mind then at that time, Doxfordís employed 900 apprentices, now this included lads aged between 15 and 21, and in all departments- that was the engine works, the ship yard, and in all trades, so itís quite feasible, but thatís the sort of number of people who were employed there. And that was apprentices, that didnít count the adults, the men, or the girls who worked in the office and things like that, so there would be a considerable number of people just working in that one place.
Thatís one of the things I find sad today- that these opportunities are no longer there because that was 900 boys who were off the streets and 900 guys who were operating under a disciplined structure because you had to do as you were told or you were out the door, or you didnít get paid.
George has 12 memories in the memorynet:
George's memories with a Sounds and Smells theme:
George's other memories:
- Apprenticeship at Doxford's
- Benefits of a Doxford apprenticeship
- The value of a Doxford's apprenticeship
- Safety and accidents at Doxford's
- Sailing with a Doxford engine
- Conditions on the ship
- Meeting Michael Wilson in Shanghai
- Engineer's Certificate
- Continuous Certificate of Discharge