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The CD has 8 songs with an introduction to each song read by Stephen Cameron Author and Chairman of The Belfast Titanic Society.
Stephen’s introduction to Whiskey for the boys:
“The yard was a dangerous place to work, but there were many characters whose sense of fun and mischief brought a little enjoyment to the work place making them stand out from the rest of the workers.
Sammy had just been promoted to the position of a Foreman, which then allowed him to have the badge of office, the Bowler Hat. On his first morning wearing the hat one of his mates came up to him and said “hello Sammy” to which the new Foreman replied “from now on men it will be Sammy no more” Sammy no more, a new nickname had just been created.
Tommy McBride who started in the yard in the 1910’s was known not only there but in practically all of east Belfast as “The Duke”. Now Tommy would have had you believe that this nickname was given to him following a meeting with the Duke of Windsor, but there were others who felt that his name came about when it was his turn to buy a round of drinks in the pub, and, Tommy, it was said, would do anything to “duke” or get out of paying for the round.
Other nicknames included steel chest, nail in the boot, snifter, 20 watts (he was bit dim) and humpy, he had a bad back.”