Came aboard to ‘Abandon Ship!’
04 September 2017
The ‘Abandon Ship!’ exhibition opened aboard Wellington with an excellent party – and an unbeatable moment: when our presenter Sue Saville joined the party she was greeted by another guest, the Hon. Alexandra Shackleton, grand-daughter of the great Antarctic explorer, with the words “The last time I saw you was on South Georgia!” Explanation: Sue was reporting for the BBC from this ultra-remote island in the Southern Ocean, and Alexandra Shackleton was there because of her grandfather’s epic 800 mile voyage there with a small crew in an open boat. This 1916 odyssey enabled Shackleton to summon help from the island to rescue his crew, just surviving on the ice after the expedition ship Endurance sunk, crushed by that same ice. But to get that help, the team still had to cross mountains and glaciers… a feat never since repeated…
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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