You're a what?!

A Stevedore.

That's right, I'm one of very few qualified female Stevedores in the UK at the moment.

"What's a Stevedore?" I hear you say ... well, the dictionary definition is "One who is employed in the loading or unloading of ships". I first started doing this in Hull, East Yorkshire, in December of 2001, and there being a lot of old school Dockers there was a 'book' on how long I would last, the longest being 2 weeks if I remember correctly. Nearly 6 years on I am still doing the job in a slightly different variation and in a different port.

In Hull (also Immingham, Goole and once Grimsby) I loaded/unloaded timber, steel, cocoa, paper products and containers.

In the far north of Scotland, at a tiny port called Scrabster I load/unload the 40ft road trailers, with a Tugmaster.

These trailers come to or from the ferry that traverses between here and Stromness in the Orkney Islands. I tie the ferry up also, so I am a 'rope handler'.

That's just a little about me and what I do.

I hope you enjoyed the quick read and insight into my life.

Paula

Photo credits: Paula Fisher.

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August 07, 2007

Paulagent

Thank you Tamas and Astargirl :)
As you can see it doesn't rain *all* the time, but in winter, when the wind is whipping hailstones into your face at 40mph and you are trying to haul the ropes onto the pier to tie the ferry up without falling in the water or falling flat on your backside, we can have a few 'exotic speach' moments and wonder what we are doing lol.

August 07, 2007

Astargirl

Interesting work. I imagine it must be hard sometimes, but at least you get to take cool photos!

August 07, 2007

Tamas

Looks like a great job! Blue skies close to the sea and beautiful nature. But in England the most of the time it's raining, thou? It must be horrible then walking around and work so close to the sea! Great shots! and thanks for explaining the work your doing (neverheardof).

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