Gordon belongs to: The Doxford Engine Friends Association
Gordonís grandfather Ambrose and father Robert worked at Bartramís shipbuilders. Gordon served his apprenticeship at Doxford's between 1955 and 1961. After his apprenticeship Gordon went to sea on the MV Tactician, built by Doxford's. He finished his working career as a school technician in 2005.
Gordon was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 9 March 2006. The interview took place at Sunderland Museum and lasted 35 minutes and 1 second.
Strike at Doxford's
"Anyway, while I was there, there was a strike, the men had a strike in 1957"
Anyway, while I was there, there was a strike, the men had a strike in 1957. Well, obviously being an apprentice, you couldnít go out on strike- it wasnít allowed. So what the foremen did, they got the boys together and gave them jobs, and the boys in the wrecking shop went on to build the engine. And we were working on the engine for about a Ė well, while the strike lasted and we did a very good job, actually, under supervision of the foreman, of course. But we did very well. Anyway the men came back, the strike was settled and everything went back to normal.
Gordon has 13 memories in the memorynet: