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.
"I got piece work then. Well, piece work was one of these where you got a card for a particular job"
I got piece work then. Well, piece work was one of these where you got a card for a particular job to do, and on the card, it was a yellow card, and on the card used to say how long you were allowed to do the job, how long you were allowed to finish the job. If you did it quicker than that, you got an extra bonus, well that was great!
But there was a down side to it- that you could just say you had done that, you had to prove you had done that. The inspector used to come along, or the foreman, check your work and if, if it was what you said youíd done, well they used to sign your document, your yellow card, used to put it to the piece office and then the next week you used to get paid a little extra bonus.
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