Ray belongs to: The Fishermen's Mission
Ray was born in Sunderland into a fishing family. He has fished since the age of 3. He worked from North Shields and Grimsby. Ray is now retired and continues to fish in his leisure time.
Ray was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 8 November 2005. The interview took place at North Shields Fishermen's Mission and lasted 54 minutes and 21 seconds.
Predicting the weather
"Every morning at, when I was going to sea, it was at five past six, the BBC used to give a weather forecast"
Every morning at, when I was going to sea, it was at five past six, the BBC used to give a weather forecast telling you which way the wind was predicted to blow and how strong, and thatís how you, you know, used to have a good idea what the weather was going to be like for that day. Myself, I used to, I could just sit and look out the window and I could tell whether it was going to be a fine day or not, just something Iíve learnt over the years, the seagulls would tell you. Thereís a certain bird, a seabird, itís well known, itís called the gannet and you could guarantee 24 hours before a gale gannets would start appearing, and the more gannets you saw, the stronger the weather.
Ray has 17 memories in the memorynet:
Ray's memories with a Lifestyles theme:
Ray's other memories:
- Growing up in the fishing community
- The fishing community
- Predicting the weather
- Traditional navigation and fishing skills
- Being caught in a hurricane on the Dogger Bank
- Burning the Witches
- A regular fishing trip
- An unforgetable trip
- Adjusting to life ashore
- Hauling prawns
- The Conduan
- Ray and his father
- In the wheelhouse of the Conduan
- Taking a break
- The Conduan being launched