I went to the PWSTS on the 6th July 1970
and left on the 7th November 1970. I was in Endeavour 70
I spent just over three and a half years in the Merchant Navy and only
leaving because I tried to emigrate to New Zealand and join the New
Zealand Steam Shipping Company. However, this did not come to fruition.
Whilst I was making arrangements for this to happen I met my wife to whom
I am still happily married. Unlike me she has a fear of the sea.
When I realized I would not be returning to sea I joined a small building
firm putting up Colt Houses around the South East of England, until the
manufacturers went into liquidation. I then spent a while as a maintenance
man for a Farmer who had three farms before joining ICI manufacturing
Agrochemical products. Although no longer part of ICI and changing its
name three times through mergers etc. It is now called Syngenta.
I still with the company although I am
due to take early retirement as the site I work on is being closed down
through restructuring of the company. I then begin a new venture in my
life and something I am now beginning to look forward too. whilst with ICI
and Syngenta etc I had a number of roles but I made my way up through the
business, Supervisor, Plant Manager, Asset Manager and finally a Health
and Safety Manager a career change I made about four years ago.
The days I spent at the PWSTS and in the Merchant Navy gave me the self
confidence, self reliance, discipline, motivation and the need for
comradeship. This paved the way for the success I have had in my life.