Ken Knox is a retired trawler captain and ocean bed cartographer from Hull. Through a lifetime of work for the fishing industry through his career in the trawling trade and his mapping of the sea floor and its mysteries, Ken has gathered a plethora of captivating stories about life at sea and the secrets that the oceans hold.
Well I left school in Hull when I was fifteen years of age. I put the lid of my desk down, walked out the classroom and a week later I was on my way to the fishing grounds in the North Atlantic. Seasick, homesick and every sick in the world, I was so unhappy. […] But as I say I […] climbed up this ladder as I call my ladder of life, a fisherman’s ladder of life. And on the ladder you have eight rungs. And you start at the very very bottom which is a galley boy and you can climb all the way up to the top if you’re lucky and if you work hard and you study.
Ken now gives a lot of his time to sharing the fascinating stories and adventures of his life with school children and the younger generations, inspiring and enchanting his listeners, opening up vistas into nearly-forgotten worlds. Listeners today will sometimes find it hard to imagine these tales as having once been reality. He is a true tradition-bearer of the East Riding.