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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

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07 September 2022

Just as deciding how to remove the lower mainmast of Victory safely was a matter for the finest calculation, so too was the actual business of lifting itself – because like all sailing ships’ masts, the great ship’s mast does not sit vertically in the ship – it’s slightly off that, raked back to optimize the performance of the vast sails it serves. So the mast had to be drawn out at precisely the right angle, a matter of small degree. When you remember that it weighs 25 tons, a mass of iron and wood which could not be stressed without risk of damage, that calculation became ever more critical. In her heyday Victory afloat would have been brought alongside a ‘sheer hulk’ decommissioned ship to draw her masts out of her. Now it was the task of a massive telescopic crane.

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About Rob

Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years of experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four-time 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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