Michael belongs to: The Doxford Engine Friends Association
Michael was born in West Sussex and went to school in London. He came to the North East to study at South Shields Marine College. He is an engineer in the merchant navy.
Michael was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 26 January 2006. The interview took place at Sunderland Museum and lasted 25 minutes and 9 seconds.
Safety at sea
"It can be very dangerous"
It can be very dangerous. I mean, one of the things is paramount in any form of work today is safety and that is drilled into everybody. But I mean, Iím involved with petroleum tankers and yes we carry highly, highly volatile cargos. So you have to adopt a safe, a safe policy, I mean. As I said, I want to leave a ship by the gangway, I donít want to have little, little wings on my back, you know. But it is, it can be, can be dangerous, but itís up to you to make sure it doesnít get to that.
Michael has 16 memories in the memorynet:
Michael's memories with a Work theme:
- Training and apprenticeship
- Following his father to sea
- First voyage and New York
- Changes in the merchant navy
- Leisure time and crew sizes
- Living conditions in the merchant navy
- Communication from sea
- Safety at sea
- Meeting George Gardner in Shanghai
- Decline of the British shipping industry
- Apprenticeship agreement
- Photograph of michael
- Continuous Certificate of Discharge
Michael's other memories: