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.
Leaving the tug boats and moving to the Titan Crane
"I was paid off, I hadnít been off, I think it was six that were paid off"
I was paid off, I hadnít been off, I think it was six that were paid off, tug boatmen. Laid, they were laying tugs up, scrapping steam jobs, diesel tugs didnít need as many hands and things like that. And my brother was on the Titan Crane, a hundred and fifty tonner up the river, and I was told there was a firemanís job on her. And I got the job on the Titan Crane, went up to Lesleyís and she was alongside a big Bank ship putting engines in.
And I got the firemanís job on her, and I done, I think I had done about 14, I served me time on the tugs and done another 10 years and I came out of the tugs. The rest of my time was on the Titan Crane, you know, Iíve done about 25 years on the Titan Crane.
But the Titan Crane was a static crane, it had two steam engines but not quite enough if there was a tide and everything, there were heavy winds she couldnít go on her own so at 99 times out of time she would need a tug to tow her from A to B.
Harry has 24 memories in the memorynet:
Harry's memories with a Traditions theme:
- The foy boats and skulling
- Coble smells Ė 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