57 year old Harry Phillips woke up at 4am and got ready to leave his home in Purton to start such a shift. He groaned at another hard day transporting oil and petrol on his barge, the Severn Pioneer.
He said goodbye to his wife, telling her that he would be home by 9pm that evening as it was a shorter trip that day. His mate, George Butler, 35 was already onboard getting everything ready and making the small cabin homely for the day's work.
But of the 8 men who formed the crews of the three oil tankers which were swept away up river from the entrance to Sharpness Harbour by the fierce running tide, only two were saved.
This podcast has been specially edited from a Bradley Stoke Radio show in Bristol, England. If you liked it please leave a rating and maybe a comment.
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Bristol Evening Post - Monday 06 February 1939
Gloucester Citizen - Monday 06 February 1939
Gloucester Citizen - Wednesday 08 February 1939