Harry belongs to: The Coble and Keelboat Society
Harry grew up on the Lawe Top in South Shields. He served an apprenticeship on the tugboats and worked on the Titan Crane. Harry is a member of the Coble and Keelboat Society.
Harry was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 31 January 2006. The interview took place at South Shields Museum and lasted 1 hour, 20 minutes and 15 seconds.
Joining the tug boats
"At that time there was a tug called the Beamish in Baird’s dock at Smith’s and a few of my mates were on the tugs"
At that time there was a tug called the Beamish in Baird’s dock at Smith’s and a few of my mates were on the tugs, who I went to school with, and there was a job going on Tynesider, a boy, a galley boy, you know. So I started, and that’s how I started on the tugs.
My dad never spoke to me for a year after that for going on the tugs. Because my dad and that all them were saying, you know, you’ve got to serve your time, you’ve got to serve your time, you’ve got to get a trade and, “the tugs,” they said, “the tugs, trawlers, it’s a waste of time. You don’t want to go to sea or anything like that.”
Harry has 24 memories in the memorynet:
Harry's memories with a Skills theme:
Harry's other memories:
- Joining the tug boats
- The role of the tug boats
- Cabin boy's routine
- The galley
- Progress through the tug boats
- Value of the tug boat apprenticeship
- Routines on the tug boats
- Leaving the tug boats and moving to the Titan Crane
- Working on the Titan Crane
- Coble smells – black varnish
- Foy boatmen
- Sculling a foy boat
- The Tynesider
- The Joffre
- The crew of the Tynesider
- The Titan crane
- The Titan crane at work
- Loading coal
- The crew of the Titan crane
- The Titan Crane
- The Mary Young
- The Royal Diadem II