Gordon belongs to: The Doxford Engine Friends Association
Gordon’s grandfather Ambrose and father Robert worked at Bartram’s 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.
"Well, while I was there, in the gallery, I was 18, I was on night shift, I was sitting on night shift- oh well that was terrible"
Well, while I was there, in the gallery, I was 18, I was on night shift, I was sitting on night shift- oh well that was terrible. I thought night shift…but we had to do night shift, had to do night shift. Well, the starting times was nine o’clock until half past seven in the morning, from Monday to Thursday and on Friday it was six o’clock to six o’clock on Saturday morning. If you wanted overtime, which you could work when you were 18, you could start at half past seven on the night, until nine o’clock, then have a break, and then start at 10 o’clock. And on a Friday, you’d start at four o’clock, right through ‘til six o’clock on Saturday morning. So, anyway, you finally, you’d get used to that and what I used to do on a Saturday morning, go home, get a bath, go to bed ‘til about 12 o’clock, and then up and around the town, go out dancing on a Saturday night, because dancing was the thing then, and that’s how boy met girl, in those days. Never drank.
Gordon has 13 memories in the memorynet: