Thames welcomes the Lord Nelson home
19 September 2014
On a sun-misty day, the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s Sail Training Ship Lord Nelson came up the Thames at the end of an epic round the world, 2-year voyage. All the more epic because like her Jubilee Trust sister Tenacious, she was built specifically with inclusiveness in the very heart of her: to enable even those with severe disabilities to enjoy the fantastic experience of sailing in a tall ship. Yes and that does mean going up the mast for everyone, including wheelchair users. It seemed just right that Tower Bridge was raised to its highest point – normally only done for Royalty – to see her come alongside HMS Belfast with her sister staying just the other side of the bridge. Filming this, and seeing the joy of her volunteer and full-time crew at voyage end, was a complete privilege.
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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