Frank Thomas Bullen in Liverpool docks - between 1871 and 1872

from Confessions of a Tradesman , pages 52-53:

He [Mr. R] had many odd jobs of repairing to do, the ornamental work on a ship’s bows and sterns was always getting knocked away when coming into or going out of dock; and generally it had to be repaired in situ, only the worst damage being worked over in the shop and then taken down and fitted on. There was something to me very delightful in sitting alongside him on a precarious-looking stage overhanging the black water in a dock, listening to his cheery remarks, his clear tenor as he…   more >>

cite as

Frank T. Bullen, Confessions of a Tradesman (London, 1908), p. 52-53. accessed: 13 June, 2024

location of experience: Liverpool docks


Frank Thomas Bullen
Author, carver gilder, picture frame maker, clerk civil service, merchant seaman […]

Listening to

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unspecified whistling performed by Mr. R. figure-head carver
unspecified singing at work performed by Mr. R. figure-head carver

Experience Information

Date/Time between 1871 and 1872
Medium live
Listening Environment outdoors, in public, solitary


Frank Bullen joined the Merchant Navy as a cabin boy in 1869, aged twelve. The listening experience occurs during a short spell in Liverpool when his ship sailing from Havana docked there. In his account of his first four years at sea, The Log of a Sea Waif (1899), he refers to the figure-head carver as ‘Mr. R.’ Bullen was briefly in Liverpool and then London before resuming and continuing work in the Merchant Navy until 1884.

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 20 Sep 2022 13:46:07 +0100
Approved on Tue, 04 Oct 2022 11:53:34 +0100