Seaman’s work by Ian Beaton Jack

Lighthouse tender SS Pharos BBC websiteIan had always wanted to go to sea and he eventually got his wish at the age of 15 on the Cromarty/Invergordon ferry in 1948. His first wage was £1.00 a week.

His next job was on 1949 “SS Pharos” Lighthouse tender (two years). There is a painting of the ship on a BBC website. Click on the picture on the left.

He then changed ship again a number of times after that.

Deep Sea Merchant Service
Herring Fishing (6 yrs)
RNLI Mechanic out of Aberdeen (24 yrs)
Logistics Manager Oil Supply Company
and finally on retirement worked at Herd and Mackenzie’s shipyard and was Deputy Launching Authority RNLI in Buckie.

Memory contributed by Ian Beaton Smith from Buckie

Additional Information

Buckie and District Fishing Heritage CentreIan is a Committee Member of Buckie Fishing Heritage Centre. He is a Father of four children, grandfather of seven and great-grandfather of two.
Find more information on the Cromarty /Invergordon ferry from Invergordon archive site. Link to the Invergordon ArchiveSearch for ferry and there are lots of pages about it on the site.


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