Maurice belongs to: The Doxford Engine Friends Association
Maurice left school in 1955 and started his apprenticeship at Doxford's in February 1956. After a motorbike accident in 1958 Maurice worked in the Drawing Office until the closure of the engine and shipyards in 1989.
Maurice was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 7 December 2005. The interview took place at Beamish Regional Resource Centre and lasted 27 minutes and 41 seconds.
The sound of the engine
"Well, the sound of the engine when they were on tests"
Well, the sound of the engine when they were on tests. The J engine in 1964, was a thousand hour test, which divide that by 24, worked out to several days, but I know engineers that lived two, three miles from the works and they could go to bed with this “thump thump thump thump” going on all night, and if it missed a beat or there was anything wrong, they would wake up and they’d know there was something wrong. When they came into work the next morning they’d say, “what went wrong during the night?” they knew exactly what had happened, even thought they were asleep. And maybe two to three miles away from the works, if it was a quiet night, no wind or anything, they could hear this and it became a familiar sound on Wearside, to all who lived around the works.
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