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RUST NEVER SLEEPS

25 July 2020

“We’ve got an awful challenge here” says Martin Hobson, MD of ML (UK) Ltd, the Portsmouth firm bringing Landing Craft Tank 7074 back to life – and fit to be an exhibit at Southsea’s D-Day Story Museum. Coming from the man who led the renovations of the submarine HMS ‘Alliance’, and Dardanelles veteran HMS M33 – not to mention HMS ‘Warrior’ and ongoing works with HMS ‘Victory’- that means something. 7074 sunk, abandoned, after a final role as a night club on Birkenhead Docks – where you might find yourself popping in for “just the last one” before getting back to your ship (setting as steady a course as possible up the gangway.) Above all – it’s rust. Rust everywhere. In fact, it’s a tribute to her steel and her 1944 builders Hawthorn Leslie that she’s got this far.

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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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