File AUD 21/1/1, MD1 - Interviews of Brian Pegg by Ivan Cutting and by pupils of North Walsham High School and interview of Henry 'Joyful' West by Ivan Cutting

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AUD 21/1/1, MD1


Interviews of Brian Pegg by Ivan Cutting and by pupils of North Walsham High School and interview of Henry 'Joyful' West by Ivan Cutting


  • nd [May-Jun 2004] (Creation)

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1 MiniDisc (TDK MD 80)

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00:00:00 - 00:43:27 (hours:minutes:seconds) - MiniDisc tracks 1 to 12 - first interview with Brian Pegg, hereafter BP, relating to his involvement with Sheringham lifeboat, dated by transcript (AUD 21/1/10) as taking place on 24 May 2004; duration is 43 minutes 27 seconds. Begins with informal conversation between BP and 'Tony' about rough trip to Harwich; BP describes one of his first lifeboat trips in 'Forester's [Centenary]' on Monday following 1953 flood; recalls trip (when Teddy Craske was mechanic and 'Downtide' was Coxswain) when struggled to launch boat, talks fondly of the 'Forester's [Centenary]'. BP recalls Teddy Craske and taking over from him as mechanic in 1964; and describes typical call outs. BP describes getting the sail up on 'Forester's Centenary', also recalls the 'Upcher' and the 'Manchester Unity' including alterations made to it and Oakley class boats in general. BP describes launching lifeboat at Sheringham, including use and maintenance of tractors; recalls the 'Arun' and 'Mersey' classes and being involved in assessing new boats for RNLI. Describes becoming coxswain at Sheringham and Happisburgh Sands, giving anecdote involving Shrimp Davies and recalls rescue of the 'Torgothia'; reaction to downgrading of Sheringham; recalls rough trips including losing a boat and its crew off Blakeney; describes how he first got into the lifeboat service and crab fishing.

00:43:27 - 01:22:44 (h:m:s) - MiniDisc tracks 13 to 19 - Henry West interview, hereafter HW, relating to his involvement with Sheringham lifeboat, dated by transcript (AUD 21/1/11) as taking place on 24 May 2004; duration is 39 minutes 17 seconds. HW describes family members who had been in RNLI; talks fondly about 'Foresters Centenary' lifeboat, recalling large amount of work in 'E-boat alley' during Second World War and how it got its name; how he worked his way up from crew member to bowman, second coxswain then replaced 'Downtide' as coxswain. HW describes election process; relationship between private lifeboat and RNLI; problems of launching, including 'the haul-off rope' and landing; recalls 'Sparro' Hardingham, Teddy Craske the mechanic; introduction of 'Manchester Unity' Oakley class lifeboat; comments on Sheringham shoal and the Sheringham tides, describing the 'sweep' where wind and tide in same direction. HW describes lifeboat's food provisions; rescuing the 'Dudgeon Lightship', which he mentions as being his longest trip; being picked-up from the crab boats; membership of Manchester Unity of Oddfellows; reaction to removal of offshore boat from Sheringham; recalls attributes of different coxswains he has worked with.

01:22:44 - 01:52:46 (h:m:s) - MiniDisc tracks 20 to 24 - second interview with BP by pupils of North Walsham High School, again relating to his involvement with Sheringham lifeboat, explained by transcript (AUD 21/1/10) as taking place on 8 June 2004 at Sheringham Little Theatre; duration is 30 minutes 2 seconds. Dominic [surname unknown] introduces Brian Pegg; BP explains what happens in a launch, how all lifeboat crews on the coast listen in on the radio for any mayday shouts and how they communicate between Honorary Secretary and coastguard. BP gives his reaction to bad weather and describes his duties following a shout. BP describes communication between Wells and Cromer during their shouts; retells the 'Torgothia' shout, when it was on Haisborough Sands, 'the worst sands in the country'; increase in paperwork and efficiency of delivery of engine parts from Poole; inability to swim; describes why Haisborough Sands are so treacherous, also mentioning Weymouth. BP explains what swell is; inability of coastguards to know location when lifeboats use local landmarks. BP recalls travelling on 'J.C. Madge' as a cabin cruiser prior to restoration as lifeboat; describing his longest journey to [Republic of] Ireland. BP describes slipway launch and how launching and returning differs from one lifeboat station to the next; recalls first shout, which was after 1953 flood.

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duration (total of recorded content) - 112 minutes 46 seconds; recording mode - MD monaural (ATRAC); tracks - mono

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For access to first Brian Pegg interview use CD ref. SCOP 1/344, for access to Henry West interview use CD ref. SCOP 1/345 tracks 1 to 7, and for access to second Brian Pegg interview use CD ref. SCOP 1/345 tracks 8 to 12. These CDs can be ordered and listened to in the Norfolk Record Office searchroom (SCOP 2/345, SCOP 4/345, SCOP 2/346 and SCOP 4/346 for office use only).

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For transcript to Brian Pegg interview see AUD 21/1/10; for transcript to Henry West interview see AUD 21/1/11.

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


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