Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Monk, John Henry (Jack), 1904 - , Interviewee, Male, Sailor, Canal worker
Speaker: Bilton, A, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Explains how came to be on canals with family. Recites rhyme from Shropshire Union, lists cargoes. Describes journey in fog. Various anecdotes about family horse, Turpin. Compares steam/motor powered with horse drawn barges. Briefly mentions going through inclined plane at Foxton Locks, Leicestershire, with family as child. Mentions keeping canals clean, paintings on barges, interior of family barge, sleeping with horse as a child. Mentions food eaten as child, anecdotes about Turpin. Talks about meeting first wife, marrying young age 15. Mention of ice-breaking in winter, deliveries in World War I, experiences in Merchant Navy in Second World War. Describes fly-boats. Talks about being disciplined by father with horsewhip, death of father, how parents met. Talks more about fly-boats, the Grand Junction Canal, working for Lesley Morton.
Place of birth: Braunstone, nr Daventry, Northants
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Canal worker
Mother's Occupation: Canal worker
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 25/1/1988
Playing time: 30 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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