IN THE 1930’S MY FATHER TRAVELLED to and from Argentina and Brazil in Nelson Line ships – one of them certainly was Highland Brigade and another I think was Highland Monarch.
My father was not a seafarer – he was a bricklayer who was sent out on contracts to build in Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. In the years after the 1930’s depression, work was hard to find and many English and Irish working men were recruited to go out to Argentina and Brazil to work on the railways and in my father’s case to do building work.
This must have seemed an attractive proposition to men out of work. I have often wondered how they coped with a long sea voyage which many of them would never have experienced before. How did they cope with the language? Did their employers (whoever they were) help them with accommodation or did they have to fend for themselves? Were they well paid and how were they paid? All kinds of questions come to mind and it would be fascinating to hear from anyone who had any information about these things. I was born in 1930 and knew little about my father who died in 1944. Any information to help me find out more about my father’s voyages would be appreciated.
12 Winscombe Crescent
Ealing, London, W5, 1AZ
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