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The bulk carrier Isaac T. Mann rolling one way in the North Sea in 1927

This is a little series that were taken by my Father in 1927. The ship is the Isaac T. Mann, a bulk carrier on which my Dad was an oiler in the engine room. The ship used to run from Narvik, in far northern Norway, to Buenos Aires, Argentina,usually with a cargo of iron ore, and the voyage down the length of the North Sea, and the North and South Atlantic, took several weeks. We knew he was alive because he sent a postcard from both ends of the trip, otherwise the days in between were just a mystery. (Not to me, I hadn’t been born yet!)

The photos were done with his VP Kodak using 116 film.

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  • David Davies
    David Daviesabout 4 years ago

    Nasty place, the North Sea! Super, George!

  • Dad always said it was the worst piece of water to travel. He preferred the North Atlantic, i guess a lot of seamen felt the same way.

    – George Cousins

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogabout 4 years ago

  • jazzdevil
    jazzdevilabout 4 years ago

  • Jomvik
    Jomvikabout 4 years ago

    Dong the hard yards..Jom

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