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How long did it take for you to become an engineer? George Bartle 2

How long did it take for you to become an engineer?
Well it was a slow process. You first went when you was 18 down the engine room. Years ago you used to be a fireman, a stoker. Nowadays you go in as a greaser. You used to do three years as a, say a greaser. Then you did two years, you got your second seamen’s ticket. You did two years as second. Then you went for your chief’s ticket and go on and stay as chief engineer. So you could get your chief’s ticket in five years if you had a bit of sense up here, like.
Tell us about Cod Liver Oil?
When you used to gut the fish you’d put the cod livers in a basket then you used to put it in a boiler, and boil it off for so long and then let it settle. And all the top used to be cod liver oil, and you’d drain that off. But you couldn’t forget some of that taste, it didn’t taste nothing like you buy in a bottle. They’re supposed to put an additive in it…***