Interviewers: Marilyn Clayton and Marie Bannister (for the Britannia Heritage Shipyard Project)
Recorded at the Britannia Heritage Shipyard, Richmond, B.C., September 26, 1991
(Project) Tape No. 111:1
LM: I went to kindergarten, it was on the corner of Chatham and No. 1 Road, we used to walk. This plank walkway went right through B.C. Packers and came out on the other side of B.C. Packers. One time, we were supposed to go to kindergarten but I guess we got sidetracked. There's a lead shop on the Phoenix property there, we used to get sea shells, digging out of the sand. We used to get sea shell, some of them were long ones and everything out there. That's where we got stuck, digging sea shells and never got to kindergarten.
LM: We had a garden at the side, growing potatoes, and Japanese tea and stuff like that.
LM: The dyke if level with the water, but then the ground itself is lower. It might be about 3 - 4 feet drop. So its lower than the water level. Any time it rained, its always water, there's no drainage. You could dig a hole in there about 6 inches, you've got water coming up.
LM: When I got to grade 7, I think, He (Cobe) was selling World Book Encyclopedia because he couldn't get a job (because) of the discrimination. That was the only job he could have at that time.
LM: They used to have a speedboat tied up here called ""Miss Vancouver"", I think, that belongs to Bell-Irving, that used to be a rum runner.
LM: (After the 1950's in the shipyard) Anybody that fished for this company used to have preferential treatment because you deliver the fish to the ABC Co. But anybody that deliver to B.C. Packers at that time had to stand in line, wait their turn come.
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