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.
"1974, my friend Bill King was at sea and when we were apprentices, he knew that failed my medical to get to sea and he always promised me that one day, he would get me at sea"
1974, my friend Bill King was at sea and when we were apprentices, he knew that failed my medical to get to sea and he always promised me that one day, he would get me at sea as an engineer. And true enough, that did come true in 1974. He phoned me up and I joined a ship in Canada. And Iíve never forgotten what he did for me because I always wanted to go to sea. And we still keep in touch, and heís still living in Canada. Heís a friend who Iíll never forget.
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