27 July 2017
….is the title of an outstanding work by Professor Harry Bennett (picture) of Plymouth University, on British merchant seamen of the Second World War. This is one of the best histories of the war at sea we’ve ever read, telling in great – and fascinating – detail the full story of the merchant seamen who manned the ships that kept Britain’s trade routes open, keeping us alive to fight Nazism. It was the key text for our film for the HQS Wellington exhibition ‘Abandon Ship!’, titled ‘Surviving the Savage Sea’, which opens the exhibition on board the ship on the Thames by the Temple tube station in London. It’s a most appropriate place for the exhibition, as Wellington is the last surviving ship from the epic Battle of the Atlantic – in which Nazi Germany tried to strangle us by blocking transatlantic trade.
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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