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  • By Brian Palmer
    Mar 4, 2016
    My father's work life is so close a parallel to A E Smith's that I am sure they knew each other. I was taken back to times when he took me with him to work. A lot I partially remember is clarified in reading this book, especially the degree of skill needed to be a successful tally clerk (like my Dad) or stevedore (like my gandfather who worked until he was 65). The methods and conditions of work are explained in some detail and describe a way of work that disapeared almost overnight. My only disappointment is that so little is made of the unions which had a frequent impact at the job, something I discovered as a summer docker when the shop steward took us outside the dock gates for an impromptue discussion of dirty cargo rates.
  • By Martin Smith
    Oct 17, 2011
    A.E.Smith worked in the Royal Docks from 1947 until their demise three decades later and he was an eye-witness to the last generation of dockers who used traditional dock working skills. This account introduces people, predicaments and cargo types as he knew them both as a tally clerk and later as a ship's clerk working for Royal Mail Lines. It is a personal recollection of the men he worked alongside and the conditions they had to face in the five open holds of a working ship. Wide ranging yet detailed, encompassing a lifetime's experience in the old Royal Docks, this record describes techniques which in many areas were little changed from Victorian times.
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Martin Smith
April 12, 2011
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.85 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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