David CraigDavid Craig provides a fantastic account of his time as a Radio Operator on the Merchant Ship, the Dover Hill. His recollection of an extended stay in Russia is absolutely fascinating.
David Craig – Film 1David enlisted into the Merchant Navy in 1940 and joined his first ship, the SS Vimiere which was an oil tanker. David recalls seeing a ship sunk for the first time on his way back from Halifax, Nova Scotia.
David Craig – Film 2David formed part of the gun crew and was stationed on the 3 inch gun. It wasn't the nicest gun to operate and had a ridiculous recoil. David goes on to train as a wireless operator. He joins the Russian convoy, JW53. Hit by a hurricane, several ships on the convoy had to return home.
David Craig – Film 3David's ship, one of 26 on the convoy JW53 arrives in Murmansk. Whilst anchored in harbour, he vividly recollects an aircraft bombing taking aim on the fleet.
David Craig – Film 4David continues to recalls being under attack. The ship is struck but a minor miracle occurs. David was awarded a King’s commendation for his efforts.
David Craig – Film 5On a day into Murmansk [and the bars] David recalls the rescue of a large brown bear. Another attack but this time he's got luck on his side.
David Craig – Film 6Whilst berthed on the Clyde, the ships were especially vulnerable to air attack. The position was made all the more difficult by waiting U-boats. It wasn't all bad, there was always the Spam! In 1944, David joins 'The Eastern Prince'. It was the convoy's refeuleing station. The job had its hazards!
David Craig – Film 7At the age of just 19, David becomes the Chief Radio Officer. He recalls a peculiar cargo on its way Malta. Life at sea during the war wasn't all bad, David reflects on some of the wonderful places he sailed.
David Craig provides a fantastic account of his time as a Radio Operator on the Merchant Ship, the Dover Hill. His recollection of an extended stay in Russia is absolutely fascinating.