Nothing shows the changes in working practices in recent decades more than coming across port operations where Sunday seems to be no different from any other day.
It is also probably an indication of social and financial stresses - machinery, plant and ships having to work round the clock to be economic and so the workforce has to follow suit. This crossed my mind recently at Workington where two ships were being worked on during a Sunday morning, both with bulk cargoes where time, would at one time, hardly have been an issue and which surely would once have waited until the Monday day shift.
Faversham Ships’ smart Verity 2601,01 was delivering animal feed from Portbury, Bristol, being grabbed into trucks. When completed she would depart for Belfast to load a cargo for Barreiro, Portugal. Hailing from the South Coast, Verity would have shared harbour there more than a few times with Alderney Shipping’s vessels and here she was again. Across the dock offl oading logs for pulping was one of those little vessels that seems to haunt me, Isis, with her sister Burhou I, both 674,’78, now operated by Great Glen Shipping of Corpach, Fort William.
After sterling work for years delivering general freight to the Channel Islands from Poole and Weymouth, they now spend much of their time shuttling logs from Argyll to the board mill at Workington. I could just make out Alderney’s seabird logo on her funnel.
Long standing readers may remember years ago I came across, in an antique dealer’s window, a builders half model of Isis under her original name of David Dorman, the name with which she was delivered with her sister Edgar Dorman from her German builders. A somewhat chequered start to their career had found them, for some years, managed by the Barrow company of James Fisher. Having advised Alderney’s MD of the model he enthusiastically agreed to purchase it and I duly delivered it 400 miles to the quay at Weymouth where two bemused crewmen carried the 4’ model aboard the ship it represented for delivery to their head office. I wonder where the model is now.
More on this and other news in Sea Breezes Magazine - April 2013 Issue -->
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