11 September 2019
Early one morning – but not quite as the sun was rising! – Tera Marique, Robert Wynn & Sons heavy lift barge slipped into Hartlepool harbour, bearing her precious cargo: RML 497, one of the last remaining Fairmile B motor launches surviving from the Second World War. It
was a landfall less dramatic than many the Rescue Motor Launch had made so often in her role rescuing downed airmen, and much less so than her service at D-Day – but the sense of relief that she’d completed a safe voyage up the East Coast was palpable. A quiet pride too as team leader Sally Weston (see earlier blog) welcomed her from the quayside. It had been a serious challenge to get such a fragile vessel safely to her new home – but Sally’s team had done it, right on time.
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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