Fred Foley remembers his father working at the docks
Resource Type: Audio | Posted on 25th July 2012 by Jenny Porter
Fred Foley remembers his father’s occupation as a ship repairer at the docks and how he would only be employed for short periods of time.
Interviewee: Fred Foley
Interviewee Gender: Male
Fred: Me dad worked on the docks..or he was a ship repairer me dad. He worked on the Holland and Monks(?) he worked for all the ? but when he only worked when the ship come in, you know the saying â€˜when me ship comes inâ€™ (indecipherable) and heâ€™d get laid off. When the ship come in heâ€™d do some work on it repairing the ship. And when the repairing work had finished theyâ€™d get laid off and then theyâ€™d come home from work and theyâ€™d go home and they wait for a telegram then. Have you heard about this before?
Fred: Theyâ€™d wait for a telegram, and then when the ship come in theyâ€™d get a telegram you know weâ€™ve got a job for you and theyâ€™d go down and whether that ship was there theyâ€™d be working on it and then when it was theyâ€™d finished the ship would sail off and theyâ€™d get laid off again butâ€¦
Jenny: Yeah up and down all the time.
Fred: And I had a brother and two sistersâ€¦
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