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« Reply #135 on: March 06, 2019, 04:33:12 PM »
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The three together. I'm not Geoff's older brother he started a year after me I'm sure he was a fitter.
Stephen and I where good mates in training centre. Kirky and I later worked in EMS he rode a bike so did I and still do. Haven't seen them in years but I left in about 84.

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Re: Harland and Wolff workers
« Reply #136 on: March 06, 2019, 05:02:00 PM »

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Re: Harland and Wolff workers
« Reply #137 on: March 09, 2019, 01:43:38 PM »


Harland & Wolff, Belfast around 1959/60   :)
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« Reply #138 on: March 09, 2019, 10:08:30 PM »
It was old and it was beautiful....

What was ?  :D
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« Reply #139 on: March 10, 2019, 06:32:20 PM »


Harland & Wolff, Belfast around 1959/60   :)

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« Reply #140 on: March 14, 2019, 06:05:05 PM »
Sorry Number 26, for some unknown reason I cannot reply to your Personal Message. In answer to your question, I never worked at Harland & Wolff (much to my Fathers dismay) My Father however worked in H & W for 53 years before finally retiring in 1976. He loved every minute of his time there. Such great camaraderie and such wonderful men, he would often tell me. He started in the Yard as a humble messenger boy in 1923 and worked his way up to one of their Senior Design Draughtsman. He worked on all the great ships up to 1976. I however, attended many launches from 1947 to 1976. Great times and wonderful memories.  :)
he might have known my old man, Len Law, who was on the electrical board from the war until 1953 (possibly a bit before the war, too, before going to sea during the war

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« Reply #141 on: March 17, 2019, 06:48:41 PM »
Served my time as fitter in yard 1962/67 4 months before the end of my apprenticeship I went to sea as engineer many years later became a supplier to H & W .remember ships used to be lined 2 & 3 abreast for repair before building dock was built

Me too. Served my apprenticeship 61 to 66. Joined the MN just after the 66 strike finished. Was at sea for over 30 years.
Always considered my apprenticeship stood me in good stead for the future.
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« Reply #142 on: June 06, 2019, 04:03:24 AM »
https://theulsterfry.com/local-news/famous-cranes-samson-and-goliath-come-out-as-gay/

"Famous cranes ‘Samson and Goliath’ come out as gay"



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With Belfast’s Pride Festival well underway, the two cranes that dominate the Belfast skyline have sensationally revealed that they are in a ‘happy, consenting adult relationship’.  Or as one observer put it, ‘they’re pure bucking the life out of each other’.

Goliath, who first arrived in Belfast in 1969, told us,...

The early years were lonely for me, but when Samson arrived in 73 I finally had some company! We started out friends, but after years of him watching him sliding up and down my dock I eventually admitted the truth – that I had feelings for him.”

Samson too felt an early attraction.

We both were interested in similar things, such as boats, lifting dead heavy stuff and the colour yellow. It was uncanny! I remember looking at him across the Harbour one day and realising how handsome he was. I used to just find myself gazing at him for hours. One day he actually caught me staring at him whilst he was taking a ship! #awkward

Like many relationships though the cranes have had problems.

Aye we’ve had lots and lots of ups and downs between us through the years” revealed Goliath.

We’d be really close one day, but we’d wake up the next to find we’d somehow drifted apart. For some reason big stuff has always tried to come between us, but when it does we just work through it together! A problem shared is a problem halved.”

The DUP reacted furiously to the revelations though, insisting that the cranes were no longer allowed to donate blood, bake cakes or get married. They’ve also called their biblical names into question.

It’s an affront to the good book to have these sodomites call themselves Samson and Goliath.”

Said DUP spokesman Alister Redface.

We demand their first names be changed to something more suitable for two Cranes. Like Frasier & Niles !

However Harland and Wolff spokesman Ali Minium congratulated the pair saying,...

We should have seen the signs sooner really. They are the most outrageously fabulous couple on Queens Island after all .!

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« Reply #143 on: June 13, 2019, 06:06:24 PM »
hello all .worked in the Yard in 2009 after Ford/Visteon closed. Best place i ever worked. Some of the best men i ever had the pleasure to meet. And gave me the chance to be one of the last people to sail on the Nomadic :)  even if only across the Lagan. and always great to meet old workmates from there

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« Reply #144 on: June 13, 2019, 07:04:11 PM »
hello all .worked in the Yard in 2009 after Ford/Visteon closed. Best place i ever worked. Some of the best men i ever had the pleasure to meet. And gave me the chance to be one of the last people to sail on the Nomadic :)  even if only across the Lagan. and always great to meet old workmates from there

Welcome fllutery.
Best place I ever worked as well. Great bunch of men.  :)
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« Reply #145 on: June 13, 2019, 09:18:03 PM »
have some old photos from my time and also my fathers in the late 50s early 60s. still learning how to post them so will do as soon as i can

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« Reply #146 on: June 14, 2019, 02:35:22 PM »
My Dad James Haire was Indentured to H & W starting in May 1936 - I have only recently come across all his old paper work. They certainly make interesting reading - his wages were 6 shillings a week for the first year. By the 5th year he was receiving 15 shillings a week. He was an electrician.

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« Reply #147 on: June 15, 2019, 02:08:17 AM »
Hi Thanks  for the message about your Dad.   I started my apprenticeship when I was 16 0r 17.  Wages at the time was a lot more than what you Dad got.  It was 1 pound and sixpence.  My father died when I was three and Mother needed the money so she got the Pound and i got the sixpence.   I kept getting more  for each year of my apprenticeship.      When  I finished my time I got a good wage but cant remember just how much it was.    Only recently did I dispose of my indentures and Boilermakers Apprentice and Full Member union books.  I'm  88 was born in March 1931   I came to Canada in 1957 on February 12.  It was freezing and to add insult to injury the plane I came on had problems with the heat in the cabin.  It was around 90 degrees and we were sitting in our simmits.  When we landed at Montreal's Dorval airport it was 10 degrees below zero and there was no fancy building for passengers.   We got off the plane right on the runway.   I tried to get back on the plane but they wouldn't let me.  In the first week in Canada I managed to get frostbite on my ears, hands, and feet.   But I survived    By the way, those temperatures that i quoted where in Fahrenheit.  That's a lot about me.  I live with my wife in Toronto.   In an area of the city known as Scarborough.  Toronto was made up  from a number of boroughs but politicians decided to amalgamate them so now it all called Toronto.  Those of us who have lived here for a long time tend to interchange the old Borough name and Toronto.

Good to get the email from you

It's 5 after nine on  Friday night and the temperature is around 66 going down to 62 

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« Reply #148 on: June 15, 2019, 04:01:36 AM »
I started in the Main Yard  in 1945 at age 14 as a marker boy.

Started serving  my apprenticeship in the Engine Works Boiler shop when I was almost 17 years old.  Worked in the boiler shop until I left for Canada on Feb 1957.

Lived beside the ropeworks in East Bread Street.  Currently live in Scarborough, Ontario, which is a borough of Toronto.  William Shaw
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Reply #149 15th June 2019
http://www.belfastforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,73380.msg2141120.html#msg2141120

Well !,... 88, and your prose is sharp as a pin,... I suspect that you might have a pretty good autobiography in you.

Check this out, if you haven't seen it yet you'll see some addresses that you're familiar with.  https://www.lennonwylie.co.uk/

https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/8706937-in-the-shadows-of-giants


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« Reply #149 on: June 15, 2019, 06:03:39 AM »
Great to hear your story William Shaw - you have certainly lead a long and interesting life. I am 62 and was born in Belfast - at the age of 3 our family moved to Australia 🇦🇺 My Dad died in 1991 but Mum is still going strong and was 91 last birthday. My career was in the Qld Police Force and then moved into real estate - I have 4 daughters and 12 grandchildren. Life is great - look after yourself  ;)