George Hogg was born in Parkend in 1926. He worked as blacksmith at New Fancy Colliery until it closed in 1944. He then worked at Princess Royal Colliery, Listers Engineering, Parkend Sawmills and Watkins Engineering at Sling. He subsidised his earnings with income from lave net fishing on the River Severn. Here he describes the dangers involved and the tragic death of a fisherman who failed to beat the tide to reach safety.
George describes a wreck near Sharpness that he visited to catch fish during the night - a cause of much anxiety for his wife.