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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

BOATY McBOATFACES

20 December 2023

Sorry about that… anyway, after “sailing” around Portsmouth harbour, complete with two aircraft carriers and mines awaiting detonation, (one went off) it was time for Wellington’s Future Maritime Engineers team to do a bit of boat building. In paper. In fact, as Warsash Maritime Academy’s Head of Engineering Jonathan Ridley assured us, paper’s just the ticket for the job. The job being to create vessels to use in the trials tank at the Academy – the next exercise for the students. The properties that such funny hat boats would have, being suitable for experimental work in the heart of the building – kind of a miniature seaway in Southampton Solent’s part of the city’s university district. This was less easy than the words I’ve used to describe it. It’s fair to say some boats were more boaty than others, but who’s quibbling…

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About Rob

Rob WhiteRob 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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