07 December 2015
That’s NHS-UK – which doesn’t stand for our much-loved but perennially beleaguered health service, but National Historic Ships UK, who are among our latest clients. NHS-UK maintain a national register of historic vessels around the country, some still sailing and operational, some not. They’ve put together a far-sighted training scheme called the ‘Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership’ – SHTP for short – how to sail veteran ships in the way they were sailed and are meant to be sailed. Because skills needed to handle these fine old vessels, and especially ones under sail – Thames barges, pilot cutters, trawlers – are dying out as the last generation that knew and worked them have, sadly, mostly “crossed the bar”. And keeping such ships sailing is the very best way of bringing them to life – taking them out on the open waters that are their true home.
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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