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Inspired by the past to build a better future together
— PEOPLE’S STORIES —
Newhaven’s villagers have many interesting stories to relate about life in the village in its heyday as a fishing port. Examples of the support network nurtured by the community life abound.
Childhood within the secure environment gave young people an independence that is unequalled today.
Listen and learn by the conversations and revisit regularly as our audio library increases.
Track 1: Introduction to George Hackland and early history
Track 2: Schooldays at Newhaven Victoria school and North Fort Street and David Kilpatrick’s
Track 3: Starting work and early “apprenticeships”
Track 4: Becoming a Marine Engineer
Track 5: Ben Crolla and Fascist blackshirts in Newhaven
Track 6: Starting a Merchant Navy career
Track 7: Joining ship and life on the Empire Norse
Track 8: On convoy and about the ship
Track 9: America’s contribution to the war and reverse lease lend
Track 10: Liberty ships, British Merchant ships and working conditions
Track 11: Convoys, the American coast and running aground
Track 12: A burial at sea
Track 13: Convoys (continued)
Track 14: Conditions on Salvesen Ships
Track 22: Redevelopment
Track 23: Fish Trade
Track 25: Reclamation
George Hackland was born in 1921 and saw Newhaven from its glory days to its sad demise and transformation