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.
The RNLI and the Coble and Keelboat Society
"When I retired which was seven years ago now, from the sea"
When I retired which was seven years ago now, from the sea, first I joined the Cullercoats Lifeboat, and I’m the, now the Lifeboat Education Visits Officer, LEVO, in charge of groups of school children and ladies and anybody else who wants to see the lifeboat around and I go out and give talks and slide shows in aid of the lifeboat and Frank Taylor, who’s one of the Deputy Launching Authorities in the lifeboat, he was in the Coble and Keel Boat Society, and he told me, “would you like to come and give us a talk sometime?” so I said, “sure,” and he has his own coble, which he goes sailing in, sailing coble, so I went and became involved with them and once a month, it’s a very pleasant evening, as you know, down in the Porthole.
Sandy has 19 memories in the memorynet:
Sandy's memories with a Volunteering theme:
- The RNLI and the Coble and Keelboat Society
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 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