Ray belongs to: Royal British Legion Seaman's Mess
Ray was born in Moon Street, South Shields. After leaving school Ray went to cookery school before going to sea with the merchant navy in March 1937. He left the sea in 1953.
Ray was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 30 November 2005. The interview took place at the Interviewee's living room and lasted 39 minutes and 44 seconds.
Food in the merchant navy
"Well that ship, I was on for nearly two years- it was a good feeding ship"
Well that ship, I was on for nearly two years- it was a good feeding ship, the ESSO tankers. You had, for breakfast you had cereal, curry and rice, bacon and egg, fried bread. They had corn flakes, they had porridge, and of course the curry and rice, bacon and egg. That was every morning. Lunchtime they had soup, you had a different meat nearly every day and a sweet at the same time. The only thing you didnít have in, what they called dinner- you didnít have soup. They just had two dishes- the main dish and a sweet.
Ray has 14 memories in the memorynet:
- Joining the merchant navy
- The ship's cook's routine
- Food in the merchant navy
- Learning to make curry
- Cooking equipment and galley conditions in the merchant navy
- Cookery training
- The Atlantic convoys and Captain Walker
- Ray Lorrison
- Continuous Certificate of Discharge
- Certificate of Competency as Ship's Cook
- Higher Certification of Competency in Nautical Cookery
- Pool card
- Certification of Innoculation Against Cholera