Early experiences in sail Twenty-six years with g.s.s.
One of the port’s captains, who has been connected with Goole shipping all his life, Capt. R.B. Hodgson, of 6 Woodland Avenue, retires from the Goole Steam Shipping Co’s fleet at the end of this month. Capt. Hodgson worked his way from a cabin boy on the old Goole billy-boys to the position of master of the Douglas.
Capt. Hodgson has served on practically all types of sailing ships, and in his early days, while on a voyage from Goole on the Kaniman, the ship foundered in the Channel, and the crew, who were all saved, were adrift twelve hours in an open boat. After this, Capt. Hodgson went to sea in some of the large barques, sailing from Plymouth and, on one occasion, one of these, the Endora, encountered a typhoon off the coast of New Caledonia, Australia and was blown ashore, only to be blown back into deep water the next morning by the same gale.
His last command was the Ouse but, like all the older generation of seamen, Capt. Hodgson enjoyed the days of sail more than the modern steamships. He says it is a misfortune that there are few of the old windjammers left, for he prefers sail to steam.