A VICTORY MOMENT
28 March 2019
Doesn’t look like much, does it? But this is an historic hardwood, a pertinent plank, a great grain. Because this is the first block- from a total of 44 – to be released from its 100-year old (near enough) home between cradle Number 5, on the starboard side of HMS ‘Victory’s hull, and the ship herself; placed there in the 1920’s as a buffer between ship and cradle, to protect the mighty ship’s hull from the steely embrace of its huge black supports. And it’s historic because it means this is Day 1 of fully re-supporting Nelson’s flagship on an array of hydraulic, adjustable props, running in two lines along both sides of the ship. For the first time, after months and months of exhaustive testing, those wonderful pieces of engineering are taking the weight and -‘Victory’ into her future.
Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four times award winner, whose awards include a coveted Royal Television Society award for his work on Channel 4 News. His association with The Maritime Foundation goes back to 1995, when he won the first Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for a series of reports that led to a major documentary on the loss of the bulk carrier Derbyshire.
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