File AUD 21/1/3, MD1 - Interview of Bill Thirtle by Ivan Cutting and of Nick Grice by Ivan Cutting

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AUD 21/1/3, MD1


Interview of Bill Thirtle by Ivan Cutting and of Nick Grice by Ivan Cutting


  • [Dec 2004-Jan 2005] (Creation)

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1 MiniDisc (TDK MD 80)

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MiniDisc tracks 1 to 15 contain interview with Bill Thirtle, hereafter BT, relating to his involvement with Sheringaham lifeboat, dated by transcript (AUD 21/1/14) as taking place on 8 December 2004; duration is 64 minutes 9 seconds. BT describes how he first became involved with lifeboat service, helping boat to launch; experiences during Second World War in Sheringham as schoolboy; employment as fisherman then in Sheringham cinemas (Picture House and the Regent); family involvement in lifeboat service; discusses the 'Henry Ramsey' (private fisherman's lifeboat) and history of lifeboat service and fishing industry; recalls first time in lifeboat and then in regular crew as emergency/second mechanic; recalls first rescue, which was of seven or eight fishing boats and then of suspected people smuggler; rivalry with Cromer lifeboat and fishermen; recalls his uncle who was killed in the Cromer boat, Henry Blogg, Shrimp and Jack Davies; describes how work of lifeboat service has changed as usage of seas has altered as well as change in type of personnel and training; reaction to Sheringham losing all weather boat; changes in number and nature of coastguard service; importance of teamwork on lifeboat; competition to get on boat following a shout; friendly rivalry between fishermen and non-fisherman crew (several names mentioned); describes involvement with 'the committee'; summarises training; describes initial reactions and actions from when 'the guns fired' and rush of adrenalin once in boathouse; recalls Wells boat losing contact with coastguard during very rough weather ['Savinesti', 15-16 February 1979]; describes launching at Sheringham and landing; describes losing his uncle at sea (when BT was aged 11); fishermen's inability to swim; seasickness.

MiniDisc tracks 16 to 36 contain interview with Nick Grice, hereafter NG, relating to his involvement with Sheringham lifeboat, dated by transcript (AUD 21/1/15) as taking place during January 2005; duration is 73 minutes 22 seconds. Explain why he moved to Sheringham from Midlands and how he joined lifeboat service, through Martin Jackson; connection with Salvation Army; first visit to lifeboat station on a Sunday, being interviewed by Brian Farrow, the Honorary Secretary; explains how you enter as shore helper, explaining what that involves, then trainee, then intermediate crewman and then full crew so it becomes an extended probation; describes training, including familiarisation of lifeboat, radio licence and navigation. Recalls first time out on boat; the medical; describes in detail various training including man overboard and capsize drills, including at Cowes, pacing and slow man transfers; search patterns; 'advance power-boat ticket'; 'offshore yachtmaster ticket'; practicing in rough weather. Describes how crew for each job is chosen and his reaction on being stood down; advantages of inshore lifeboat (ILB); response times; launching; problems of recruitment and retaining people; involvement of women; importance of public relations; recalls first ever shout; first-aid training; rivalry between Sheringham and Cromer.

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duration (total) - 137 minutes 31 seconds; recording mode - MD monaural (ATRAC); tracks - mono

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For access to Bill Thirtle interview use CD ref. SCOP 1/348, for access to Nick Grice interview use CD ref. SCOP 1/349; both of which can be ordered and listened to in the Norfolk Record Office searchroom (SCOP 2/349, SCOP 4/349, SCOP 2/350 and SCOP 4/350 for office use only).

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For transcript to Bill Thirtle interview see AUD 21/1/14; for transcript to Nick Grace interview see AUD 21/1/15.

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Created 09/01/2007 by Drojd. Modified 18/09/2018 by Droip.


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