11 September 2019
This was the scene as RML 497 left Southampton Docks in Terra Marique. It gives you an idea of the size of Robert Wynn and Sons’ lift and shift ship when you realize you can’t actually see any of the 34 metre length of RML 497 within Marique’s – except maybe the very tip of her funnel, if you look closely! The departure followed an anxious day or two, as scrupulous checking was completed to ensure the Fairmile B, WWII veteran and last largely intact survivor of her class, was safely berthed. And secure enough to take on the rigours of the North Sea on passage to the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Hartlepool. On a brilliantly sunny day, the sight of Terra Marique forging ahead under tow was inspiring. A can-do ship with can-do people running her.
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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