06 November 2014
And running and running, as we cover more “lifts”: the searchlight and the main mast. But then the lifting has to stop: the team are worried about the wind crossing the site – if any of these big heavy objects starts to swing and catches people or any part of the dock M33 is sitting in, things will get nasty. Very nasty. Plus, there’s only so much space on the narrow dockside to put stuff. So the team are proceeding with great care – after all this is truly historic stuff they’re handling. No care however will allow for the fact that the crosstree of the mainmast, which stands just behind the bridge, has rotted right through over the years, and snaps during the operation. Luckily it’s held on by cables so no harm done, but its removal is clearly very timely.
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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