Saturday, 5 September 2009
That's my grandfather, George Medway, on the bridge. I found the picture on a wonderful website on
Milford Haven trawlers.
He died years before I was born but I heard stories from my dad and from my relatives in Milford. (Milford is fiord-like harbour in the far south-west of Wales.) He was a child in Brixham, Devon and went to sea as a cook on a trawler at 14. As skipper years later he once stayed at the wheel for thirty hours in an Atlantic storm years; the crew believed they would have gone down without his skill and dedication. (That was the fate of many trawlers - you can count them on the website).
Also on the crew in the photograph is my Uncle Willie, second row, arms folder, second from the right.