Sandy was born in North Shields. At the age of 16 he began his maritime training and went to sea at 18. He is Lifeboat Visits Officer for Cullercoats RNLI and a member of the Coble and Keelboat Society.
Sandy was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 9 December 2005. The interview took place at Discovery Museum People's Gallery and lasted 46 minutes and 7 seconds.
Ships in bottles
"Well, Itís an ancient hobby. I suppose sailors have been putting ships in bottles since time began, almost"
Well, Itís an ancient hobby. I suppose sailors have been putting ships in bottles since time began, almost. But from a Captainís point of view, the bottles come free because the ship owner provides them with the necessary bottles of this and that to oil the wheels of commerce as you go from port to port, when the customers are in here and the Officers are coming down, so I always had plenty of empty bottles, and the wood is easily obtained. All the bits of wood lying around and the carpenter used to give me the putty to make the sea and the bosun gave me the paint to paint them and the sails were made from old charts, the radio officer provided the bits of wire to make the masts and so it was a very economical hobby and that used to keep me busy and out of mischief. I think I made, Iím up to the number of 78 now, Iíve made nearly 80 over that 50 years.
Sandy has 19 memories in the memorynet:
Sandy's memories with a Leisure theme:
- Ships in bottles
Sandy's other memories:
- Training school for the merchant navy
- Adjusting to life at sea
- Progress through the merchant navy
- A day at sea
- Taking the family to sea
- Chooky the rooster
- The RNLI and the Coble and Keelboat Society
- The Doxford Song
- Continuous Certificate of Discharge
- Notebooks and diaries of flights and voyages
- Master's certificate
- The Panama Canal
- Loading cargo in Ghana
- Taking the family on ship
- Teaching knotting skills
- Chooky the Rooster
- The Golden Bear