Francis E. Bowker Oral History Interview, March 14, 2001

Oral History #OH0205

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Francis E. Bowker Oral History Interview
    Creator: Bowker, Francis E.
    Sugg, H. A. I.
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract:
    Extent: 0.005 Cubic feet, 1 audiocassette, 1.5 hours, no transcription,
  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    Captain Bowker's maritime career began in the 1930s, sailing a three-masted schooner off Nova Scotia. His second ship was a five-masted schooner, of which he gives an excellent description in the interview. In 1941 he went to officer's school and became a 3rd mate. He was still on schooners during the early part of World War II and discusses being stopped by the U.S. Navy to have the ship's cargo inspected. Later in the war he served on a tanker where he was exposed to toxic gas fumes. He was hospitalized for three months, whereupon his merchant marine career ended when it was discovered he had permanent lung damage.

    After his merchant marine career ended, he became very involved with Sea Scouts (which included Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts), taking them on sailing adventures in two-masted schooners.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information Acquisition Information

    Gift of Francis E. Bowker

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    Preferred Citation

    Francis E. Bowker Oral History Interview (#OH0205), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

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