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The British Seafarer

The last of a history in 26 parts
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.
Consultant and presenter Alastair Couper. Master Mariner and Professor of Maritime Studies.
University of Wales.
Cardiff. Special sound by dick MILLS. BBC
Radiophonic Workshop 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. 25: Supercarrier - the revolution in seafaring after World War II
1 The whole industry's changed ... the relationship between officers and men is entirely different. Years ago, the master was the master, but today you can call the master and the mate by their first names ... '
Consultant and presenter Alastair Couper , Master Mariner and Professor of Maritime Studies,
University of Wales,
Cardiff. Special sound by DICK MILLS, BBC
Radiophonic Workshop Composed and directed by MICHAEL MASON Book (same title), f5.95 paperback, £9.95 hardback from booksellers
BBC Radio 4 FM

The British Seafarer

A history in 28 parts 24: The Battle of the Atlantic, 1939-45
' There wasn't one of us without a prayer for those poor blighters in the burning ship. But convoys make you selfish. The ship next to yours may go up and you're sorry for the poor devils In her, but its your own old tub that matters.
Sometimes you may hate the sight of her dirty hull but getting her into port is your one aim in life: Special sound by DICK MILLS , BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Consultant and presenter Campbell McMurray , Assistant Keeper,
Department of Printed
Books and MSS, National Maritime Museum
Composed and directed by MICHAEL mason Book (same title), 15.95, paperback, f9.95, hardback, from boo ksellers
BBC Radio 4 FM

The British Seafarer

A history in 26 parts 23: Jutland
In 1916 the steel battleship fleets of Britain and Germany met in the first and last great Dreadnought gun-battle. Readers MICHAEL SHANNON. LEONARD MAGUIRE and ANTHONY HALL
Special sound by DICK MILLS , BBC Radiophonlc Workshop
Consultant and presenter Peter Nallor , Professor of History, Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Composed and directed by MICIIAEL MASON
BBC Radio 4 FM

The British Seafarer

A history in 26 parts 22: Unions
- in the everyday life of the sailor from the 1760s to the 1920s.
' You can organise shore people but seafarin' people are very suspicious of everything you try to organise ...'
Readers HENRY KNOWLES , CAROLE BOYD , MICHAEL SHANNON , JOHN HOLLIS ,
STEVE HODSON , ANTHONY HALL and LEONARD MACUIRE
Consultant and presenter Norman MeCord , Professor of Social
History, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Composed and directed by MICHAEL MASON
BBC Radio 4 FM

The British Seafarer

A history in 26 parts 21: The Big Port
The big port a pattern as complicated as the weed and barnacles on its own wharfs: 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. Series composed and directed by MICHAEL MASON
BBC Radio 4 FM

The British Seafarer

A history in 26 parts 20: The Dreadnought Navy
The Navy's high imperial noon stretched from the 1880s to 1916. It was an age of revolutionary naval technology and patriotic poets. But ratings were often preoccupied with different matters. Readers ANTHONY HALL, STEVE HODSON. MICHAEL SHANNON , CAROLE BOYD and LEONARD MAGUIRE
Consultant and presenter Henry Baynham. Series composed and directed by MICHAEL MASON
BBC Radio 4 FM

The British Seafarer

A history in 26 parts
19: The Mate, the Bosun and the Cook
The captain was God (or the devil), and looms large in literature. But in reality the sailor was much more concerned with ' What's the mate like? Who's going bosun? And who's sailing cook. then? '
Readers ANTHONY HALL JOHN IIOLLIS , MICHAEL
SHANNON STEVE HODSON LEONARD MAGUIRE and GORDON GOSTELOW
Programme consultant and presenter Campbell McMurray , Assistant
Keeper, Department of Printed Books and mss.
National Maritime Museum Series 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. 18: Seamanship
Sea-man-ship: man relating ship to sea. The sea is vast and immensely powerful: you can make it serve vour purposes bv skill, but you can never be its master. Readers RONALD BADDILEY .
ANTHONY HALL , LEONARD MAGUIRC. DAVID ASHFORD , MICHAEL GOLDIE ,
DAVID MARCH , GORDON GOSTELOW Special sound bv KICK MILLS , BBC
Radiophonic Workshop
Consultant and presenter Christopher Daniel.
Head of the Department of Museum Services, National Maritime
Museum. Series composed and directed bv
MICHAEL MASON
BBC Radio 4 FM

The British Seafarer

A history in 20 parts 17: The Small Port Oh, very busy, you know, you'd see perhaps brigs, schooners, little steamers and umpteen barges, ketches, all rigs. you know.'
Readers michael goldie KATHLEEN HELME ,
CAROLE BOYD , RONALD BADDILEY , DAVID CASEY , ANTHONY HALL , JOE DUNLOP , BILL MONKS, JoHN HOLLIS , TIMOTHY BENTINCK Special sound by DICK MILLS , BBC Radiophonlc Workshop. Programme consultant and presenter Basil Greenhill , Director, National Maritime
Museum. Series 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. 16: Master Mariner
To be captain of a ship has always been one of the most demanding and many-sided responsibilities an ordinary citizen can undertake. What sort of men has it produced?
Readers LEONARD MAGUIRE , JOE DUNLOP , ANTHONY NEW LANDS,
MICHAEL GOLDIE , ANTHONY HALL , RONALD BADDILEY. DAVID ASHFORD , BILL MONKS, TIMOTHY BENTINCK ,
KATHLEEN HELME. CAROLE BOYD and JOHN HOLLIS Special sound by dick mills, BBC Radiophonlc Workshop. Programme consultant and presenter Basil Greenhlll , Director, National Maritime
Museum. Series composed and directed by michael mason
BBC Radio 4 FM

The British Seafarer

A history In 26 parts 15: Eng.neroom and Stokehold
In the great steamer the bridge was a gold-braided Olympus: the lengineroom a kind of underworld; and the stokehold Hades itself. Yet engineers could regard their huge machines with almost religious devotion; and the subhuman stoker of legend, in fact plied a skilled trade. Readers anthony NEWLANDS.
LEONARD MACUIRE, TIMOTHY BENTINCK, ROBERT TROTTER ,
DOUGLAS BLACKWELL. BILL MONKS, RONALD BADDILEY.
DAVID CASEY. ANTHONY HALL. DAVID ASHFORD , JOE DUNLOP Consultant and presenter Campbell MacMurray. Assistant Keeper. Dept of MSS and Printed
Books. National Maritime Museum
Special sound by DICK mills, BBC Radiophonlc Workshop
Series composed and directed by michael MASON
BBC Radio 4 FM

The British Seafarer

A history In 28 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-century 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 HENRY KNOWLES , DOUGLAS BLACKWELL , RONALD HERDMAN , ROBERT TROTTER , DAVID CASEY , ANTHONY HALL , ROBERT LANG , CAROLE BOYD , JOE DUNLOP , BILL MONKS, ANTHONY NEWLANDS
Consultant and presenter Michael Stammers. Keeper of Maritime History, Merseyside County Museums
Stormalong John produced by STAN AMBROSE
BBC Radio Merseyside Series composed and directed by MICHAEL MASON
Book (same title). £5 95 paperback, £9.95 hardback from booksellers
BBC Radio 4 FM

The British Seafarer

A history in 26 parts 13: Fishermen
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 MACUIRE.
DAVID CASEY , ANTHONY NEWLANDS. RONALD HERDMAN . TIMOTHY BENTINCK , KATHLEEN HELME. BILL MONKS .JOE DUNLOP and MICHAEL COLDIE
Special sound DICK MILLS ,BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Consultant
KEITH MATTHEWS. Chairman.
Maritime History Group. Memorial University of St John's. Newfoundland Presenter Basil Greenhill Director. National Maritime Museum. Greenwich
Series composed and directed by MICHAEL MASON
BBC Radio 4 FM

The British Seafarer

A history in 26 parts
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 décor; blazing lights, haute cuisine and triple expansion engines 40 foot high. The legends were not too far from reality.
Readers CORDON GOSTELOW, ROBERT LANG, ROBERT
TROTTER. MALCOLM TERRIS, RONALD HERD.MAN, HENRY KNOWLES, KATHLEEN HELM,
DOUGLAS BLACKWELL, JOE DUNLOP. LEONARD MAGUIRE ,
ANTHONY NEWLANDS , DAVID CASEY , TIMOTHY BENTINCK and ANTHONY HALL
Special sound DICK MILLS. BBC Radiophonic Workshop
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 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 , HENRY KNOWLES , ROBERT TROTTER and ANTHONY NEWLANDS 1 The ship in distress '
Sung by CHARLES PARKER : ' The unseaworthy ship ' sung by STORMALONG JOHN : producerstanAmbrose
Special sound DICK MILLS, BBC Radiophonic Workshop
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
Book (same title) f5.95 paperback, 19.95 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.
10: Size, Steel and Steam The Industrial Revolution, the steel shipyard and the scientific naval architect create ships and seafaring
, 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 LAMBERT , MALCOLM TERRIS , DAVID MARCH ,
ROBERT TROTTER , LEONARD MAGUIRE , RONALD HERDMAN , GARARD GREEN , RONALD BADDILEY ,
GORDON GOSTELOW , DAVID ASHFORD and TIMOTHY BATESON
Special sound by DICK MILLS , BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Consultant and presenter Ewan Corlett , Chairman of Burness, Corlett and Partners, naval architects 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 9: Owners
To the sailor, the ship owner has often been the Demon King who makes a fortune out of his dangers and sufferings. To the ship owner, shipping has often been a hazardous gamble - risky, slump-prone and subject to ruthless international competition. Rcaders TIMOTHY BATESON , NIGEL LAMBERT ,
RORERT TROTTER , HENRY KNOWLES , DAVID MARCH, CORDON
GOSTELOW, RONALD HADDII. EY, MALCOLM TERRIS , RONALD HERDMAN. KATHLEEN HELM, LEONARD MACUIRE ,
DAVID CASEY , DOUGLAS BLACKWELL , MICHAEL GOLDIE and ANTHONY HALL
Special sound DICK MILLS, BBC Radiophonic Workshop
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. 8: The Long Blockade The typical seafaring experience of the Age of Nelsonwasnotbattles like Trafalgar, but the endlessdailyendurance of maintaining command of the seas through 20 yearsofcontinuous blockade. And the great Unknown Warrior of this story is Admiral
Collingwood. with Readers
NIGEL LAMBERT
CORDON GOSTELOW . ANTHONY HALL . MALCOLM TERRIS
RONALD BADDILEY ,
RONALD HERDMAN , LEONARD MAGUIRE TIMOTHY BATESON. DAVID MARCH , GARARD GREEN
ROBERT TROTTER. ROBERT LANG , MICIIAEL GOLDIE
KATHLEEN HELM , CAROLE BOYD Consultant and presenter Piers Mackesy. Fellow of Pembroke College. Oxford 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 3

Maritime Mythology and Maritime History

Basil Greenhill, Director of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and one of the chief advisers to Radio 4's series
The British Seafarer. talks about the relation between ' Jolly Jack Tar and what might be called the Unknown Sailor.






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