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.
What does the sea mean to you?
"Well, my father went to see and all his brothers and my grandfather went to sea"
Well, my father went to see and all his brothers and my grandfather went to sea. And I think itís in your blood living beside the sea. The stories they brought back of where theyíd been and you just wanted to do these things. It was an adventure. But I think itís totally changed now, the way of life at sea. Before when we went to sea you went ashore and you enjoyed yourself you seen life and had a look around and seen how other people lived. But now it seems as though you are in and itís a quick turn around and you are away. I think itís a harder life now because you never see much of the other countries and meet people. Which is very interesting at times.
John has 14 memories in the memorynet:
John's memories with a Change theme:
- Moving on from Doxford's
- What does the sea mean to you?
John's other memories:
- Apprenticeship at Doxford's
- The value of a Doxford apprenticeship
- Sounds and atmosphere in the Doxford Works
- Bill King
- First voyage, carrying dynamite through a hurricane
- Being in a hurricane
- Joining the Doxford Engine Friends Association
- Doxford's reference
- Working on a lathe
- Catch of the day