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Stan Messinger

Stan was born and grew up in Wallsend in 1939.

He started his apprenticeship at Swan Hunter in April 1955. His apprenticeship lasted five years and at the end he became a qualified shipwright. He worked at Swan Hunter for one more year before moving to Walker Naval Yard where he worked for five years from 1964-69. He then went back to Swan Hunter in 1971 and worked there until 1984.

Stan was interviewed by Alex Magin on 21 November 2007. The interview took place at the Phoenix Centre in Wallsend and lasted for 27 minutes.

Stan Messinger's Memories

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How did you feel when you saw a ship launched which you’d helped to build?

Well it was uplifting because you’d built such a big thing and helped with such a big thing. It was always lovely to see them going down the launch ways being manoeuvred by the tugs on the river.