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LIGHTHOUSEPHOTOGRAPHICCOMPETITIONArthurMorrisjoinedtheTrinityHousePilotVesselServicein1951as3rdEngineerintheTHPVBrook.In1960hebecameEngineer-in-ChargeinTHPVLeader.FouryearslaterhewaspromotedtoChiefEngineerandtransferredtoshoredutiesatCowesintheIsleofWightDistrict.SadlyArthurdiedlastsummer.Readersmaywishtoknowofhisbroadrangeofinterestsawayfromwork.Iknewhimasanextremelyskilledengineeringmodelmakerandamongtheprojectshetoldmeaboutovertheyearswereasit-onrailwaylocomotivehetooktocountyshowsandaV8internalcombustionenginemeasuringonly4inchesinlengthandranat7000rpm.LETTERSTOTHEEDITORAboveApilotlaunchfamiliartoArthurMorrisandhisteamwasthe40footVclassofwhichmorethan20werecommissioned.HealsomanufacturedaclocktobedisplayedunderaglassdomeandafullyworkingmodelofaFirstWorldWarfieldgun.Hewasinvolvedintherestorationofanancientcashregisterandaswellasbeingasuccessfulpainterinwatercolourscreatedpartofa5inchgaugelocomotivefortheIsleofWightModelSociety.GeorgeSpencerPortsmouth.AboveSeenhereisTHPVValkyrieoftheTrinityHouseIsleofWightPilotageDistrict.SheperformedRoyalBargedutiesintheSolentinearlyAugust1981whenHRHTheMasterusedTHVPatriciaintheabsenceofHMYBritanniaintheMediterraneanforthehoneymoonofTRHThePrinceandPrincessofWales.summer2010horizonPAGE0summer2010horizonPAGE25TedDawtry.TherecentarticleaboutkeepertrainingbroughtbackmemoriesofwhenIjoinedin1950.Thingswerequitedifferentthenandnooneenvisagedthedevelopmentsoflateryears.ThefirststepwasavisittothenearestTrinityHouseDepotinmycaseGreatYarmouthforanelementarytestofarithmeticandEnglishskillsandthenastartingdatewasgivenforacourseatthetrainingschoolatOrchardWharfBlackwall.WelodgedattheKingEdwardVIISeamenx19sHostelonEastIndiaDockRoadbasicbutsufficientashortbusridefromthewharf.Weweresenttobemeasuredforuniformsandgivenmedicalchecks.Thedoctorsaidtheywereverynecessaryheevenhadachapwithawoodenlegtrytojoinandwehadtohavex1csufficientteethtomasticatehisfoodwithouttheaidofartificialdentures.x1dJustimaginetheproblemsifablokewithafullsetlostitoverboardfromapillarlighthouse.ThencametheintroductiontothedummylighthouseatthewharfanditsequipmentthesendingofmessagesbyAldislampinMorsecodeanduseofsemaphoreflags.RadiotrainingwasgivenonboardanyTrinityHousetenderthatwasatthedock.AgoodgroundingwasgivenintheWork-shopsinbasicmetalworkcarpentryandcookery.Theseskillswereallveryusefulandrewardingaswekepttheworkboxeswemadeinbothmaterialsandtheheadcookinthecanteenreallyknewwhathungrymenwantedtoeatandthebestwaytocookitaskillthatremainswithmetothisday.HavingsatisfiedoursupervisorthatwecouldbeunleashedonanunsuspectingmaritimeworldweweresentonourfirstrealjobonareallighthousequiteananxiouswaitingtimeIcantellyou.Iwonderwhatitwaslikeforthepoorkeeperswhohadarawrecruittowatchoverandkeepoutoftrouble.ThenitwashomefortwoweeksandbackforfurthertrainingandthewaitforapostingasSupernumerarytoadistrictdepottofillinthegapsleftbykeepersonleaveoroffsick.Thiswaswheretherealtrainingbegan.Ifyouhadproblemsonnightwatchyouhadtocallsomeoneelsewithnohesitationthesmoothrunningofthelightwasparamount.GenerallythecrewwereprettytolerantespeciallyifyouneededtosoundthefogsignalassomeofthemachinerywasreallymuseummaterialsuchashotbulbhorizontalenginesatributetothemaintenanceworkoftheTrinityHouseengineers.AfteraboutayearofexperienceofdifferentsortsoflightsandsituationstherecamethegreatdaywhentheSuperintendentcametosayyouwerenowappointedaspermanentcrewonalightsomewhereinmycasetheEddystone.YoucouldnowstyleyourselfAssistantKeeperandaskforalargersizehat.TheLighthousePhotographicCompetitionnowinitssixthyeargoesfromstrengthtostrength.Thispopulareventseesspectacularentrieseveryyearand12imagesarechosentoformtheLighthousescalendarproducedinassociationwithJSalmonLtd.OneluckywinnerwillalsowinashortstayinaTrinityHouselighthouseholidaycottageoperatedinconjunctionwithRuralRetreats.PhotographersareinvitedtosubmitanimageofanyTrinityHouselighthouse.Theclosingdateforthecurrentcompetitionis28February2011.CalendarsandChristmasCardsThe2011Lighthousecalendarcompiledfromentriestoourannualphotographiccompetitionwillbeavailablelaterintheyear.ImagesforthisyearsChristmascardareunderconsideration.FurtherdetailswillappearinHorizon-issue15publishedinNovember.Thecalendarcapturessomeofourmostfamouslighthouses.12full-colourimagesarefeaturedinthecalendar.Thecalendarisapproximately310x320mminsize.FurtherdetailscanbefoundontheTrinityHousewebsitewww.trinityhouse.co.ukorbycontactingMarketingontelephone01255245034oremailpaul.howethls.orgOneoftheentrantsinthisyearx19sphotographiccompetition.GodrevyLighthouse.