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Updates from Maritime Film UK’s Rob White, TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN

Away seaboat!

07 November 2014

Day 2 of filming the opening work on HMS M33 – and now it’s the turn of the 6” Hotchkiss gun, the after gunhouse and mast, and the whaler all to take flight onto the dockside of Dock No. 1. Once again, immense skill and care is required. But Paul, Darren, Phil and the ML team know what they’re doing and the whole lot gets aloft and across and down onto a safe landing. Seeing the whaler, the ship’s boat (picture) being hoisted up reminds you how heavy these boats are – a lot of weight to get overside and then to pull with oars, especially in a running sea. But that was normal for the Royal Navy of that era – as were the whaler races, with fierce competition between ships in harbour to see who’d end up ‘Cock o’ the Walk’!

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About Rob

Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years of experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four-time 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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