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Reminiscences of Arthur Douglas Addams about his life

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Date(s): late 20th century

Creator(s): Addams, Arthur Douglas

Scope & Content: Tracks 1 and 2: Arthur talks about the 'Duchess of Bedford', the engineering staff and his duties as a 'wiper'; his visit home on leave, fellow sailor Lesley Kinvig, who died from injuries after falling from a train in the island; second voyage to Reykjavik, Iceland and being attacked by submarines; wages; his next ship T. & J. Harrison's the 'Strategist' in November 1942 where he served as a fireman-greaser (describes duties and events on voyage at length); anecdote about some sailors wrongly jailed; his convoy being attacked by U-boats during the Second World War; meagre food rations on-board; return home on leave and WVS Preston canteen as the best in the country; having nowhere to stay at Fleetwood on way home; how Captain 'Ginger' Bridson of the Steam Packet Company told him his father had died while he was away; anecdote about millionaire Colby Cubbon and his yacht 'Strathallan'; signing-on with his friend Philip Bridson as plumber's mate to William Williams on the SS 'Orduna' and his duties; life on-board and several anecdotes; Philip Bridson, his parents, John Corrin, Dorothy Fayle on New Year's Eve in the Isle of Man; passing through the Suez Canal.

Administration / Biographical History: Arthur Douglas Addams (1920-2011) was born on 22 February 1920 in Douglas.

Language: eng

Extent: 1 hr. 35 min. 18 sec.

Item name: cassette tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 2019-0110/7

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