Below decks in HMS M33
07 November 2014
Now it’s our turn to get inside HMS M33. And what a sight she is. Some might say “what a mess” as she’s had so many different roles since her World War I battles, including minelayer, workshop, fuelling hulk and even office space. So many of the spaces are not in their original shape, that most of the fixtures and fittings are gone (like the “heads”, or loos!) and that there’s a heap of work to do to get her ready for visitors in August, the anniversary of the Dardanelles campaign. The upside is that what we can film is incredibly evocative, with dramatic rust patternings, shafts of sunlight like solid bars shining into enclosed spaces, and of course the visual drama of brazing and welding. (See picture.) Nothing like a shower of sparks to liven up a dark shot…
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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