ROCK YOUR BABY
31 May 2019
Well, RML – Rescue Motor Launch – 497 is hardly a baby, having seen sterling service in WWII, but she’s getting exemplary cradling. This (picture) is what she will rest in from now on – and importantly, on her way to the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Hartlepool. The cradle was designed by Malin Marine of Glasgow – and what they had to take into account above all was how she would fare in potentially rough late winter seas on her way, in a special barge. The key point about 497 is how much of her has been preserved, and for anyone in any heritage sector that’s what must, must be saved. As the cradle sat on the dockside in Southampton, all working on the project knew very well how important it was to get this completely right…
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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