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Talk by Geoff Corkish MBE MHK, 'From Steam to Hot Air', about his career with the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and later as a Member of the House of Keys in Tywnald

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Date(s): 5 May 2010

Creator(s): Peel Heritage Trust

Scope & Content: Bill Quine of Peel Heritage Trust introduces this talk recorded at the Peel Centenary Centre, Peel, Isle of Man.

Track 1: Geoff Corkish talks about his career with the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. He talks about leaving school and joining the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company; working in the Parcels Office; dealing with lost property found on-board the ships; types of deck cargo; using a telex machine; dealing with new cars which were shipped over; how drugs for chemists were shipped over; the current problem of drugs coming over on ships; types and amount of passengers on the ships; porters who used handcarts to deliver and collect goods; cranes used to lift vehicles off ships; why ships are always a ‘she’; the interiors of the old Manxman class ships; silver service restaurants; people shooting rabbits and shipping them across; coffins being shipped across for cremations; how ships used to stop for passengers if they were late; ships diverted to Peel in bad weather; working in the Booking Box; Engineering Shop on Fort Street; jokes played on junior employees; scattering of ashes at sea; history of the company during the First World War and Second World War; planting trees at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire; role as Sales Manager; travel throughout Ireland; role as Communications Manager for Public Relations; meeting famous people; arranging PR trips on the new fast crafts; Women’s Institute trip around the island; and being involved with the launch of the new 'Ben My Chree'.

Track 2: Geoff Corkish talks about his career as a Member of the House of Keys (MHK). He talks about his long held ambition to join Manx politics; standing for election within Douglas West constituency; Tynwald swearing-in ceremony; big issues of the time when standing for election; helping constituents; the process of being appointed as a Member of the Department of Tourism and a Member of the Department of Trade and Industry; remit of the Department of Trade and Industry; remit of the Department of Tourism; being taken off the Department of Trade and Industry and being made a Member of the Manx Electricity Authority; need for the Department of Tourism to generate money; role as a Member of the Department of Economic Development; being a member of various committees; Summerland site; need for tourism to attract tourists and also enhance life for locals; problems for Isle of Man Government going forward; openness and transparency of Isle of Man Government and Parliament; what the Isle of Man has given to the world; recites a poem by Vera Martin, ‘A Kind of Loving’.

Language: English

Extent: 1 hr. 53 min. 26 sec.

Item name: compact disc

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 2014-0030

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