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The British Seafarer

A continuation of a history in 26 parts, in the words of those who have made the history.
10: Size, Steel and Steam The Industrial Revolution, the steel shipyard and the scientific naval architect create ships and sea-faring of a totally new kind; and new kinds of worker to design, build and power them. It is the age of the hammers of the Clyde and Tyne.
Readers ANTHONY HALL , DAVID CASEY , NIGEL LAM BERT, MALCOLM TERRIS , DAVID MARCH, ROBERT TROTTER, LEONARD MAGUIRK , RONALD HERDMAN , GARARD GREEN, RONALD BADDILEY , GORDON GOSTELOW , DAVID ASHFORD and TIMOTHY BATESON.
Special sound by DICK MILLS. BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Programme Consultant and presenter Ewan Cor lett, Chairman, Burness, Corlett and Partners, Naval Architects.
The series composed and directed by MICHAEL MASON. in collaboration With the NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM
The British Seafarer it published by BBC Publications and Hutchinson at £5 95 paperback and £9.95 hardback
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The British Seafarer

A history in 26 parts, in the words of those who have made the history. 12: The Tramp and the Liner
The tramp steamer was a legend of rust, soot. decks awash and dirty, smelly cargoes bound for steamy or icy ports. The liner was a legend of Metro-Goldwyn-Baroque d6cor, blazing lights. haute cuisine and triple expansion engines 40 feet high. The legends were not too far from reality.
Readers GORDON GOSTELOW , ROBERT LANG , ROBERT TROTTER , MALCOLM TERRIS , RONALD HERDMAN , HENRY KNOWLES , KATHLEEN HELM ,DOUGLAS BLACKWELL , JOE DUNLOP. LEONARD MAGUIRE , ANTHONY NEWLANDS , DAVID CASEY. TIMOTHY BENTlNCK and ANTHONY HALL
Special sound by DICK MILLS , BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Programme consultant and presenter Robin Craig , Lecturer in Economic Hisstorv, University College, London
Composed and directed by MICHAEL MASON , in collaboration with the NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM
The British Seafarer is published by BBC Publications and Hutchinson at £5.95 paperback, and 19.95 hardback
BBC Radio 4 FM

The British Seafarer

A history in 26 parts
11: Missing, Lost and Saved
Men and ships are small; the sea is vast, merciless, and terrifyingly powerful, and there is very little you can do about it. But that little has often included miracles of courage and skill which have proved just enough.
Readers NIGEL LAMBERT , GORDON GOSTELOW , LEONARD MAGUIRE , RONALD BADDILEY , GARARD GREEN, DAVID CASEY , DOUGLAS BLACKWELL , MALCOLM TERRIS , ROBERT LANG , MICHAEL GOLDIE , HENRT KNOWLES , ROBERT TROTTER and ANTHONY NEWLANDS
'The ship in distress' sung by CHARLES PARKER ; ' The unseaworthy ship ' sung by STORMALONG JOHN , produced by STAN AMBROSE. Special sound by DICK MILLS. BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Programme consultant and presenter
Robin Craig , Lecturer in Economic History, University College, London
Composed and directed by MICHAEL MASON , in collaboration with the NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM
The British Seafarer is published by BBC Publications and Hutchinson at f5.95 paperback and £9.95 hardback
BBC Radio 4 FM

The British Seafarer

A history in 26 parts in the words of those who have made the history 3: The High Seas
The Elizabethan age Is the first great explosion of British seafaring activity. Its achievements have rightly become legendary, but their reality was far removed from the legends of Westward Ho! and Errol Flynn. In this programme Elizabethan sailors themselves tell us what was achieved and what it cost.
Readers: MICHAEL GOLDIE , DAVID MARCH, TIMOTHY BATE SON. GARARD GREEN, ANTHONY HALL , ROBERT LANG , DAVID ASHFORD , ANTHONY NEWLANDS , RONALD BADDILEY , CORDON GOSTELOW and NIGEL LAMBERT
Programme consultant and presenter Kenneth Andrews (Reader in History. University of Hull)
Special sound by DICK MILLS of the BBC Radio-phonic Workshop
Scries composed and directed by MICHAEL MASON , in collaboration with the National Maritime Museum
BBC Radio 4 FM

The British Seafarer

A history in 26 parts in the words of those who have made the history
6: The Complete Seaman A good candidate for the ideal British sailor is Captain Cook. merchant seaman, naval officer, explorer. scientist and humanitarian. In him the civilisation of the enlightenment goes to sea and all-round seamanship is raised to the level of genius. with Ronald Baddiley as Captain Cook
Readers: ANTHONY HALL. HENRY KNOWLES , DOUGLAS BLACKWELL , MALCOLM TERRIS , DAVID MARCH, NIGEL LAM BERT, TIMOTHY BATESON , ROBERT TROTTER , LEONARD MAGUIREand GARARD GREEN. Special sound by DICK MILLS. BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Programme consultant ALAN STIMSON , Curator of Navigation, National Maritime Museum. Greenwich The series composed and directed by MICHAEL MASON. in collaboration with the National Maritime Museum
BBC Radio 4 FM

The British Seafarer

A history in 26 parts In the words of those who have made the history.
6: The Complete Seaman A good candidate for the ideal British sailor is
Captain Cook - merchant seaman, naval officer, explorer, scientist and humanitarian. In him the civilisation of the Enlightenment goes to sea and all-round seamanship is raised to the level of genius. with Ronald Baddiley as Captain Cook Readers ANTHONY hall
HENRY KNOWLES , DOUGLAS BLACKWELL. MALCOLM TERRIS , DAVID MARCH
NIGEL LAMBERT. TIMOTHY BATESON , ROBERT TROTTER LEONARD MAGUIRE and GARARD GREEN
Special sound by DICK MILLS of the BBC
Radiophonic Workshop Consultant ALAN STIMSON , Curator of Navigation, National Maritime
Museum, Greenwich Series composed and directed by MICHAEL MASON , in collaboration with the National
Maritime Museum Book (same title) £5.95 paperback, £9.95 hardback from booksellers
BBC Radio 4 FM

The British Seafarer

A history in 26 parts In the words of those who have made the history. 3: The High Seas
The Elizabethan age was the first great explosion of British seafaring activity. Its achievements have rightly become legendary, but their reality was far removed from the legends of Westward Ho! and Errol Flynn. In this programme Elizabethan sailors themselves tell us what was achieved and what it cost.
Readers MICHAEL GOLDIE, DAVID MARCH,
TIMOTHY BATESON , GARARD GREEN, ANTHONY HALL , ROBERT LANG , DAVID ASHFORD ,
ANTHONY NEWLANDS , RONALD BADDILEY , GORDON GOSTELOW and NIGEL LAMBERT
Programme consultant and presenter:
Kenneth Andrews ,
Reader in History at the University of Hull
Special sound by dick mills of the BBC
Radiophonic Workshop Series composed and directed by MICHAEL MASON , in collaboration with the National
Maritime Museum
BBC Radio 4 FM

The British Seafarer

A history in 26 parts In the words of those who have made the history. 9: Owners
To the sailor, the shipowner has often been the demon king who makes a fortune out of the sailor's dangers and sufferings. To the shipowner, shipping has often been a gamble - risky, slump-prone and subject to ruthless international competition.
Readers: TIMOTHY BATESON ', NIGEL LAMBERT , ROBERT TROTTER , HENRY KNOWLES , DAVID MARCH, GORDON COSTE-LOW, RONALD BADDILEY , MALCOLM TERRIS, RONALD HERD-MAN, KATHLEEN HELME , LEONARD MAGUIRE , DAVID CASEY ,
DOUGLAS BLACKWELL , MICHAEL GOLDIE, ANTHONY HALL. Special sound by DICK MILLS of the BBC Radio-phonic Workshop. Programme consultant and presenter Robin Craig , Lecturer in Economic History. University College, London
Series composed and directed by MICHAEL MASON , in collaboration with the National Maritime Museum
BBC Radio 4 FM

The British Seafarer

A history in 26 parts in the words of those who have made the history
2: Canvas, Hemp and Wood The three-masted wooden sailing ship is ' the space capsule of the Renaissance '. How she was made, how she worked, where she could go and what she could do, shaped the sailor's life for him from the 15th century to the 19th. And she was She: not It.
Readers: MICHAEL GOLDIE, ANTHONY HALL , TIMOTHY BATESON , RONALD HERDMAN , LEONARD MAGUIRE , ROBERT LANG. DAVID MARCH, DAVID ASHFORD, ANTHONY NEW-LANDS, HENRY KNOWLES , CAROLE BOYD and DOUGLAS BLACKWELL.
Programme consultant and presenter:
Basil Greenhill (Director. the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich)
Special sound by DICK MILLS of the BBC Radio-phonic Workshop.
Series composed and directed by MICHAEL MASON , in collaboration with the National Maritime Museum.
BBC Radio 4 FM

The British Seafarer

A history in 26 parts, in the words of those who have made the history. 13: Fisherman
Small-craft fishing has probably changed less over the centuries than almost any other kind of seafaring. Its centre is timeless - wet, cold and the heavy weight of the catch.
Readers DAVID ASHFORD , LEONARD MAGUIRE , DAVID CASEY , ANTHONY NEWLANDS. RONALD HERDMAN , TIMOTHY BENTINCK. KATHLEEN HELME , BILL MONKS, MICHAEL GOLDIE, JOE DUNLOP
Special sound by DICK MILLS, BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Programme consultant KEITH MATTHEWS , Chairman, Maritime History Group. Memorial University of St John's, Newfoundland
Presenter Basil Greenhill Director, National Maritime Museum. Greenwich Composed and directed by MICHAEL MASON
BBC Radio 4 FM

The British Seafarer

A history in 26 parts in the words of those who have made the history
1: Introduction-The Deep Sea
Sea covers 70 per cent of the globe; man himself was cradled in it. Our maritime history is a story which everyone thinks they know - and which on the whole they don't: the great unknown subject. It is an amazing human achievement, and all the more so because so much of it is salt sores, the stench of bilge-water, and weevilly biscuits.
Readers: GARARD GREEN. CAROLE BOYD , DAVID MARCH, TIMOTHY BATESON , NIGEL LAMBERT , RONALD BADDILEY , MICHAEL GOLDIE , ANTHONY HALL , DAVID CASEY. MALCOLM TERRIS , TIMOTHY BENTINCK , RONALD HERDMAN , LEONARD MAGUIRE , ROBERT TROTTER. GORDON GOSTELOW , HENRY KNOWLES , ROBERT LANG , DOUGLAS BLACKWELL and KATHLEEN HELM.
Programme consultants and presenters: Basil Greenhill (Director, the National Maritime Museum) and Robin Craig (Lecturer in Economic History, University College, London)
Special sound by DICK MILLS of the BBC Radio-phonic Workshop Series composed and directed by MICHAEL MASON , , in collaboration with the Na- , tional Maritime
Museum
(Neat week: 2 - Canvas, Hemp and Wood)
BBC Radio 4 FM

The British Seafarer

A history in 26 parts in the words of those who have made the history. 7: Stresses, Strains and Slorms
Seafaring has always been a hard and dangerous life, doing violence to men in many ways. Its stresses have been endured amazingly, but also rebelled against in many ways, from good humoured grumbling to bloody mutiny.
Readers: LEONARD MAGUIRE , NIGEL LAMBERT. HENRY KNOWLES. MICHAEL GOLDIE, TIMOTHY BATESON , DAVID ASH-FORD, ANTHONY HALL , MALCOLM TERRIS, GAR ARD GREEN. GORDON GOSTELOW. DAVID MARCH, RONALD HERDMAN , DOUGLAS BLACKWELL and RONALD BADDII. EY
Programme consultant and presenter Peter Math ias, Chichele Professor of Economic History in the University of Oxford
Special sound by DICK MILLS of the BBC Radio-phonic Workshop
Series composed and directed by MICHAEL MASON , in collaboration with the National Maritime Museum
BBC Radio 4 FM

The British Seafarer

A history in 26 parts 8: The Long Blockade
The typical seafaring experience of the Age of Nelson was not battle like Trafalgar but the endless daily endurance of maintaining command of the seas through 20 years of continuous blockade.
The great Unknown Warrior of this story is Admiral Collingwood.
Readers: NIGEL LAMBERT , GORDON GOSTELOW. ANTHONY HALL. MALCOLM TERRIS. RON
ALD BADDILEY. RONALD HERD-MAN, LEONARD MAGUIRE.
TIMOTHY BATESON , DAVID MARCH, GARARD GREEN, ROBERT TROTTER , ROBERT LANG. MICHAEL GOLDIE. DOUGLAS BLACKWELL. KATHLEEN HELME and CAROLE BOYD
Programme consultant and presenter Piers Mackesy. Fellow of Pembroke College. Oxford
Series composed and directed by MICHAEL MASON. in collaboration with the National Maritime Museum
BBC Radio 4 FM

The British Seafarer

A history in 26 parts in the words of those who have made the history
5: Charts, Sea-Clocks and Stars
Navigation is vital: without it rocks, shoals and the vastness of the open sea quickly become lethal. It depends on an odd partnership between the scientist in his study and the sailor on the poop - wet, cold, tired and not too keen on arithmetic anyhow.
Readers: NIGEL LAMBERT. MALCOLM TERRIS , GORDON GOSTELOW , ROBERT LANG , DAVID MARCH, ANTHONY HALL , MICHAEL GOLDIE, DAVID ASH-FORD, RONALD BADDILEY , TIMOTHY BATESON , LEONARD MAGUIRE and JOE DUNLOP Programme consultant
ALAN STIMSON ,Curator of Navigation, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Special sound by DICK MILLS of the BBC Radio-phonic Workshop
Series composed and directed by MICHAEL MASON , in collaboration with the National Maritime Museum
BBC Radio 4 FM

The British Seafarer

A history in 26 parts, in the words of those who have made the history.
14: Paradise Street and Ratcliffe Highway
The ' sailortowns ' of the great industrial ports of the 19th century and the early 20th were two-faced; havens of boozy, bawdy bliss and disaster areas where hordes of greedy parasites fleeced the sailor in days of what he earned in years.
Readers: MICHAEI. GOLDIE, HENRY KNOWLES , DOUGLAS BLACKWELL , RONALD HERD-MAN, ROBERT TROTTER , DAVID CASEY , ANTHONY HALL , ROBERT LANG , CAROLE BOYD , JOE DUNLOP , BILL MONKS, ANTHONY NEWLANDS
Programme consultant and presenter
Michael Stammers , Keeper of Maritime History, Merseyside County Museums. ' Stormalong John ' produced by STAN AMBROSE , BBC Radio Merseyside Composed and directed by MICHAEL MASON
Book, same title, is published by BBC Publications and Hutchinson at £5.95, paperback, and £9.95, hardback
BBC Radio 4 FM

The British Seafarer

A history in 26 parts, in the words of those who have made the history.
15: Engineroom and Stokehold
In the great steamer the bridge was a gold-braided Olympus; the engineroom a kind of underworld; and the stokehold Hades itself. Yet engineers could regard their huge machines with almost religious devotion; and the sub-human stoker of legend plied in fact a skilled trade.
Readers: ANTHONY NEW-LANDS, LEONARD MAGUIRE. TIMOTHY BENTINCK , ROBERT TROTTER , DOUGLAS BLACK-WELL, BILL MONKS, RONALD BADDILEY , DAVID CASEY , ANTHONY HALL , DAVID ASH-FORD. JOHN HOLLIS , JOE DUNLOP.
Programme consultant and presenter Campbell Mac-Murray, Assistant Keeper, Dept of mss and Printed Books, National Maritime Museum.
Special sound DICK MILLS BBC Radiophonic
Workshop. Composed and directed by MICHAEL MASON
BBC Radio 4 FM

The British Seafarer

A history in 26 parts 4: The Merchants
Whatever more a ship may be, she is certainly a machine for moving things from one place to another. Much of seafaring life has been shaped by the efforts of landsmen -the 17th- and 18th-century merchants, for example - to get that job done as cheaply as possible.
Readers: ANTHONY HALL, TIMOTHY BATESON , DAVID MARCH, RONALD BADDILEY , GARARD GREEN, GORDON GOSTELOW , HENRY KNOWLES , DAVID CASEY and NIGEL LAMBERT
Programme consultant:
RALPH DAVIS , Professor of Economic History, University of Leicester
Commentary by Basil Greenhill , Director. National Maritime Museum
Special sound by DICK MILLS of the BBC Radio-phonic Workshop.
Series composed and directed by MICHAEL MASON , in collaboration with the National Maritime Museum
BBC Radio 4 FM

The British Seafarer

A history in 26 parts in the words of those who have made the history. 18: Seamanship
Seaman-ship: man relating ship to sea. The sea is vast and immensely powerful: you can make it serve your purposes by skill, but you can never be its master. Readers RONALD BADDILEY , ANTHONY HALL , LEONARD MAGUIRE , DAVID ASHFORD , MICHAEL GOLDIE , DAVID
MARCH, GORDON GOSTELOW. MALCOLM TERRIS
Programme consultant and presenter
Christopher Daniel , Head of the Department of Museum Services, National Maritime
Museum. Composed and directed by MICHAEL MASON BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Special sound DICK MILLS Book (same title), M.95 hardback. £5.95 paperback from bookshops
BBC Radio 4 FM

The British Seafarer

A history in 26 parts in the words of those who have made the history.
26: Offshore and Undersea The land has been transformed by man; the sea remains unchanged. Despite the technological revolutions, seafaring remains unchanged too in many ways; yet it is also opening into new dimensions undreamed of before.
BBC Radio 4 FM

The British Seafarer

A history in 26 parts 21: The Big Port
The Big Port is a pattern as complicated as the weed and barnacles on its own wharfs: ingenuity and blind conservatism, loyalty and corruption - a narrow window on the whole wide world.
Readers ROBERT LANG , STEVE HODSON.
JOHN HOLLIS , LEONARD MAGUIRE , MICHAEL SHANNON , ANTHONY HALL and CAROLE BOYD
Programme consultant and presenter Sarah Palmer , Lecturer in History, Queen Mary College, University of London
Compiled and directed by MICHAEL MASON
Book (same title), £5.95 paperback, £9.95 hardback, from bookshops






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