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Posted by Davy on March 28, 2023, 19:00:34
Just a recap of the post further down about how did crane drivers take a leak when in the up in the crane there was one in palmers shed that used to use his billy can to get one in and then hoy it out of his widow then lower it down later on to get it filled up with his tea.
Yes Davy imagine the crane drivers in a middle of a lift knocking off to go down to go to the bog haa But the Hammerhead Crane at the Walker Naval Yard did have a toilet behind the cab But that's because it's on a fixed construction (does not move on rail tracks) The jib moves 360 degrees on the fixed construction (even today) I was up working on it in 1968 age 18 with no scaffolding just a few scaffolding boards that yous hauled up by rope. Mind put me in good stead when I got sacked by Jobling in late 1973 when I got sacked by the Plumbers manager Jobling I walked over the yard and went into the Stagers Cabin The chargehand stager asked me to climb to the top of one of the uprights which I did and he started me straight away Jobling wa hopping mad the Plumbers looked down there noses till I showed them my payslips of a lot more than them (the carpenters doing the handrail were on less than Us) When the Plumbers asked for Staging I made sure I put the ladder (mistakenly) on another job. When the Plumbers moaned about it I Said do as the Stagers do and climbed up the scaffold vertically. Mind there was a big strike 74 at Leslie's so I got back in my trade not as a Marine Plumber but as a Pipefitter as you were called elsewhere at Seal Sands the place was booming chemical plants oil rig building. The royals from the likes of Leslie's could not get a look in could they. Even the plumber welders cos it was all boilermaker welders. 3 years got construction site money plus dig money and home every night on three times the wages of them Leslie's plumbers. Mind I was blacked for life as working as a marine plumber. Mind when Leslie's shut I had the experience and got work all over the country. The backstabbing Laslies Plumbers ended up stocking shelves in supermarkets. The stagers all good lads went on to be scaffolders some owning there own businesses And I always knew I could get a job with them if times got tough. Backstabbing..... Them shipyard royals some of them years later if they got on the rigs. Complained about the job and yes I turned my back on them as they turned their backs on me. And yes I am no better than them and they are no better than me. But the experience I had with the shipyard royals I would rather help a dilute pipe fitter than a shipyard Plumber any day) (a Marine Plumber is a Pipe fitter outside of the shipyards)
Vin I started off as a rope lad on the ferry and most of my mates were going into trades, I loved the ferries up and down the river night booze cruises great times then went on to other jobs everything. But when the yards started closing down there was a lot of them could not adapt still see some of them struggling to make a living.
Yes I was 25 in 1975 when I first had a taste of travelling Monsanto at Seal Sands for John Brown's. Mind it was not a proper travelling job you found a digs address and got the dig money and chipped in and hired a van an home every night. At Happy Valley caravan sight Hartlepool at one time there was a dozen caravan on site and over a thousand blokes claiming they were in digs there. First real job travelling was Highland Fabricators at Nigg Bay, Ross hire in 1979. Hated it month away then weekend Home. After loads of travelling jobs and off and on 10 years on the rigs. Ended up on my last travelling job 2000 to 2003 at Devonport Dockyard, Plymouth. By then 1 month on weekend home became a bind. Used to stay for 3 months then weekend home. One time stayed away for 6 months at a time and the wife came down and stayed a week at a time. Big difference mind you from the rigs. Onshore you could out for a few pints of beer and some chasers offshore you could only get a few pints of orangeade.
And loads of the royals out the Tyne Yards ended up stacking shelves in Supermarkets