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.
The value of a Doxford apprenticeship
"And Doxford’s was like the place to serve it. It was like the Rolls Royce of Sunderland"
And Doxford’s was like the place to serve it. It was like the Rolls Royce of Sunderland. It was, you got a good apprenticeship, you learnt all the skills to be a fitter, learnt how to read drawings, and it was lots of things that was really good about Doxford’s. I really think I got a good apprenticeship there. And later on in life, I found it helped me in my work in what I did and how to get on with people and talk to people of different nationalities and things like this, you know.
John has 14 memories in the memorynet:
John's memories with a Work theme:
- 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
- What does the sea mean to you?
- Doxford's reference
- Working on a lathe
- Catch of the day
John's other memories: