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Interview with Iris Barclay about war-time food
EXTERNAL ID
WD_HF03_TRACK05_BARCLAY
DATE OF RECORDING
2005
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Iris Barclay
SOURCE
Am Baile and War Detectives
ASSET ID
3208
KEYWORDS
World War 2
World War II
Second World War
2nd World War
merchant navy
audio

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Iris Barclay tells how ships crossed the Atlantic during World War 2 with food for British people.

Does anybody know how we got our food? How we didn't die of starvation? No? We had these merchant ships that went back and forward to the United States, which is a 3000-mile journey - I know, I've done it often enough - and they had to have an escort. You know what an escort is? Because, if they were sunk, we didn't have much food. And they had to have these naval vessels - you know, the fighters with their guns and everything - and they surrounded the, it was the Queen Mary, and they surrounded the Queen Mary and brought her, she was the fastest thing in the water. She was built in the Clyde and she made trip after trip, because I know my brother-in-law - the said one who married my sister - he came over on her and it was so fast, he hated ships ever since. And they brought the food over and it was never sunk. And the fighters, back and forwards to the United States and Canada, brought our food, stopped us from starving.

This interview was recorded as part of a War Detectives project in 2005 at Kinlochleven Primary School.

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Interview with Iris Barclay about war-time food

2000s

World War 2; World War II; Second World War; 2nd World War; merchant navy; audio

Am Baile and War Detectives

War Detectives (interviews)

Iris Barclay tells how ships crossed the Atlantic during World War 2 with food for British people.<br /> <br /> Does anybody know how we got our food? How we didn't die of starvation? No? We had these merchant ships that went back and forward to the United States, which is a 3000-mile journey - I know, I've done it often enough - and they had to have an escort. You know what an escort is? Because, if they were sunk, we didn't have much food. And they had to have these naval vessels - you know, the fighters with their guns and everything - and they surrounded the, it was the Queen Mary, and they surrounded the Queen Mary and brought her, she was the fastest thing in the water. She was built in the Clyde and she made trip after trip, because I know my brother-in-law - the said one who married my sister - he came over on her and it was so fast, he hated ships ever since. And they brought the food over and it was never sunk. And the fighters, back and forwards to the United States and Canada, brought our food, stopped us from starving.<br /> <br /> This interview was recorded as part of a War Detectives project in 2005 at Kinlochleven Primary School.