Duncan was born in Leeds, Yorkshire.
Duncan’s earliest memories of Swan Hunter was when he was about six or seven years old when his father, a ship enthusiast, brought him to Tyneside on a visit. Duncan first lived on Tyneside as an apprentice at the Stag Line Company at the age of sixteen.
Duncan talks about his experiences of Swan Hunter as an apprentice at Stag Line and his time at sea.
Duncan was interviewed by Laura Brown on 6 February 2007. The interview took place at Discovery Museum, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and lasted for 32 minutes.