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.
"Yes, every ship has its own particular smell and different nationalities of ships have a slightly different smell"
Yes, every ship has its own particular smell and different nationalities of ships have a slightly different smell, possibly due to the food eaten on board. For instance, Indian ships smell of curry. But all ships have a delicate sort of scent which as soon as you go aboard, thereís a certain smell. Youíve perhaps smelt it, have you been aboard ships? Sometimes a bit of oil from the engine, just the smell of the ship, you know. Old ships usually smell a bit more than new ships. I suppose just people living together, close together and itís not a bad smell, though.
Sandy has 19 memories in the memorynet:
Sandy's memories with a Sounds and Smells theme:
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
- Ships in bottles
- 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
This memory has these themes:
Sounds and Smells