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.
"On a steam tug, the galley, it doesn’t matter what size the galley was, that was the lad's "
On a steam tug, the galley, it doesn’t matter what size the galley was, that was the lad's galley and at first, the first day they would bring their dinners in and say, “right, you know, there’s the potatoes, peel them and you put them in that pie,” you know basic cooking and heating their meals up.
And the main thing is you had to have a kettle boiling 24 hours a day. It had to be there to make a cup of tea, you know just, it was it. If you didn’t you got a clip along the lug.
Harry has 24 memories in the memorynet:
Harry's memories with a Traditions theme:
- The foy boats and skulling
- Coble smells – black varnish
- Foy boatmen
- Sculling a foy boat
- The Mary Young
- The Royal Diadem II
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
- 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