John belongs to: The Doxford Engine Friends Association
John was born in 1936 in Hendon. He started his apprenticeship at Doxford's in 1952 with the intention of going to sea. John has no regrets about the people he has met, and friends he has made.
John was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 26 January 2006. The interview took place at Sunderland Museum and lasted 21 minutes and 13 seconds.
Moving on from Doxford's
"Well, when I was 21 I got a ship company to take me where I had a medical, and I failed a medical through a disability"
Well, when I was 21 I got a ship company to take me where I had a medical, and I failed a medical through a disability- they said I wouldn’t be able to climb up the engine room ladders, but as people will tell you I had no problems whatsoever but it was insurance purposes. Well, I had a friend and we served our apprenticeship together and he promised me one day that if ever he got the chance, he’d get me to sea. And that chance did come later in life, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
John has 14 memories in the memorynet:
- Apprenticeship at Doxford's
- The value of a Doxford apprenticeship
- Sounds and atmosphere in the Doxford Works
- Moving on from Doxford's
- Bill King
- First voyage, carrying dynamite through a hurricane
- Being in a hurricane
- Joining the Doxford Engine Friends Association
- What does the sea mean to you?
- Doxford's reference
- Working on a lathe
- Catch of the day