The pretty girl on the docks at Cape Town
I have a small cupboard which is full of Eric Jackson memorabilia including photographs, newspaper cuttings and the laboriously hand-written manuscript. Some of the photographs have my dad’s handwritten notes on them – and they make me laugh to say the least.
What I’m doing on this site is telling you some stories that haven’t made it into the book so hopefully you’ll like this one. When I came to live in the USA in 1994 I went to see my brother in his office on Oakland Park Boulevard. He had some framed photographs of my dad’s adventures on the walls.
“Look at this one closely” he said to me. Well, it was taken on the docks at Cape Town just before the race between the Corsair and the Windsor Castle ship. I’d seen loads of them. “No, look really closely” said Colin again. Well … ah!
Hmm … that’s why it hadn’t been amongst the photographs at home. Mum might not have taken very kindly to that
In one of the ‘diplomatic bags’ my dad sent me, he had added his own notes …
Oh, I wonder if the pretty girl will see this? Don’t worry, your secret is safe with us