In this extract Jim Quinn says that he began working as a seaman when he was 16 years old and he worked there until retirement at age 65.

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What kind of work did you used to do?

I was a seaman for all my life.

Wow. How long did you do that?

Well I started when I was about 16½... I first, like, worked practically all my life like being brought up in a butcher’s shop and slaughterhouse and things like that but it was what I was used to so we had all sorts of things like that but I went to sea and I stayed at sea for … I was about nine years...eight or nine years in the British ships and then I was on some of the Irish ships and then I got a job in the Port and Docks as a seaman and I spent some time on the pilot boats running the steamers at the time, that used to be there, and I spent the rest of the time in the tugs, you know the tug boats? Till I retired.

And when did you retire?

I retired in 1965 … sorry, I’m saying ’65, I mean 1995 when I was 65 …


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Dublin City Life, Work and Family, Work



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"Jim Quinn remembers starting work as a seaman when he was 16 years old." Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives, Item #250 (accessed February 21 2018, 7:24 am)