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Updates from Maritime Film UK’s Rob White, TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN

THE FIRST STEP

20 June 2023

…was taken in HMS Wellington, home of the Wellington Trust, at her moorings on the Thames Embankment – the Victoria Embankment, in fact – opposite London’s Temple underground station. On board the students find themselves touching history – on these very decks the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest campaign by far in the Second World War, was fought and with enormous Allied effort, brought to victory. Not without terrible cost on both sides. Among the Allies’ Merchant Navy officers and men. Among the convoy escorts, shepherded by ships just like Wellington, with her coming through at last: British, Canadian and American, and Free seamen of all nations facing down Nazism. Without ships like ‘Wellington’, Hitler’s U-boats would have strangled our country and starved it to death; and we would now be a crushed, Gestapo-tormented satellite of the degraded and evil Third Reich.

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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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