THE LONELIEST JOB
28 March 2019
Someone had to do it. As the cutting of the first of HMS ‘Victory’s giant steel cradles proceeded, with infinite care, it was very important to check whether any heat was building up on the inward side of the action – down deep in the hold. Dark and close in there for the young guy looking after it hour after hour into the night (much of the work on ‘Victory’ is being done late and early – she’s staying open to the public throughout the two decades-plus of the work on her – as England Expects..!) Here Leon is operating an infra-red monitor, which will warn him if anything is getting too warm. Vital work, because the whole ship is highly flammable – old, dry timbers, paint, cordage, caulking –all of it ever ready to burn. No-one can forget what happened to ‘Cutty Sark’…
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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