This photo is of my grandfather, William Taylor (Big Bill). He was a fisherman in Brighton. In his prime, he was the biggest and strongest man in Brighton.
He entered weight lifting contests in the Alhambra theatre. He stood 6ft 4in in his socks, and his thick yarn sea jerseys were specially made for him. His arms were as thick as a big man’s legs.
At the Brighton regatta in the early 1900s, he sculled his way to the championship of England. He was a born seaman and went to sea when he was 11 years old.