Sailors on land Article from the "Globe and mail", "1,000 Ship-Jumpers in
Montreal, Officials Told by 2 Greek Sailors", 1962-01-27. Source: Canadian
“Docking” in Montreal and Sailors on land
A man explains how he decided to remain in Montreal, while he was travelling
in the ships as a sailor.
RES.: And you had left for Canada?
ΑN.: No, I had gone to the ships. I was travelling a
couple of years in the ships as a sailor.
RES.: Ah, you had gone as a sailor.
RES.: And for what reason had you decided to go as a
ΑN.: Eh, look. In that period all the people wanted to
leave Greece, all the people wanted to go to the ships. All the youth wanted
to go somewhere. The years back then were difficult as well. Not like they are
now. But they were difficult then nonetheless and the only solution was for
someone to go abroad. And… in the ships. And I liked the ships. I wanted to
travel to see and that’s why I left.
RES.: I understand.
ΑN.: With the ships.
RES.: And then how when did you emigrate to Canada?
ΑN.: Eh, I didn’t emigrate. The ship had come here in
Canada and I stayed illegally, like many others have stayed here.
RES.: I understand. What date was that?
ΑN.: Eeh… It had to be ’64.
RES.: ’64. And for what reason did you decide to stay?
ΑN.: Eh, look… eeh… To be exact, I didn’t have reasons.
I was carried away by a friend of mine who was with me.
RES.: Ah, I understand. And so, your friend then what
did he like in Montreal.
ΑN.: He… he had relatives here… and he wanted to stay
here… and he tells me “Let’s go see my relatives”. We went out, the relatives
hosted us for dinner and afterwards they were telling me: “Stay here as well.
Why go back to Greece?” and so on and so on and so on. And I was forced. Not
forced. I stayed with pleasure.'