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The British Seafarer

A history in 26 parts in the words of those who have made the history. 19: The Afate, 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 HOLLIS ,
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
Composed and directed by MICHAEL MASON
Book (same title), f9.95 hardback, £5.95 paperback, from bookshops
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 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 NEWLANDS , HENRY KNOWLES , MALCOLM TERRIS , RONALD BADDILEY , GARARD GREEN, CAROLE BOYD and DOUGLAS BLACKWELL
Programme consultant and presenter:
Basil Greenhill, Director, National Maritime
Museum. Greenwich 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 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 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
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
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 ASHFORD , RONALD BADDILEY. TIMOTHY BATESON , LEONARD MAGUIRE and JOE DUNLOP
Consultant ALAN STIMSON , Curator of Navigation, National Maritime
Museum. Greenwich Special sound by DICK MILLS of the BBC
Radiophonic Workshop Series composed and directed bv
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. 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 BADDILKY , MICHAEL GOLDIE. ANTHONY
HALL. DAVID CASEY , MALCOLM TERRIS. I.EONAItD MAGUIRK , GORDON GOSTLLOW. 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
Radiophonic Workshop. Series composed and directed by MICHAEL MASON. in collaboration with the National Maritime Museum. (Repeal)
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 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 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 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 In the words of those who. have made the history. 7: Stresses, Strains and Storms
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 GOLDIS TIMOTHY BATESON , DAVID ASHFORD , ANTHONY HALL
MALCOLM TERRIS , GARARD GREEN GORDON GOSTELOW DAVID MARCH,
RONALD BERDMAN , DOUGLAS DLACKWELL and RONALD BADDILEY
Special sound by DICK MILLS of the BBC
Radiophonic Workshop
Consultant and presenter PeterMathias.Chichele Professor of Economic
History in the University of Oxford
Series composed and directed by MICHAEL MASON ,RN 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. 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 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 NEWLANDS , MICHAEL GOLDIE , ANTHONY HALL , RONALD BADDILEY, DAVID ASHFORD , BILL MONKS, TIMOTHY BENTINCK , KATHLEEN HELME , CAROLE BOYD , JOHN HOLLIS
Special sound by DICK MILLS , BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Programme consultant and presenter Basil Greenhill, Director, National Maritime Museum
Composed and directed by MICHAEL MASON
Book, same title, published by BBC Publications and Hutchinson, £5.95 paperback, £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. 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. Oh, yes, I've seen 'em three abreast along that quay in my young days.'
Readers: MICHAEL GOLDIE, KATHLEEN HELME , CAROLE BOYD , RONALD BADDILEY , DAVID ASHFORD , ANTHONY HALL , JOE DUNLOP. BILL MONKS, JOHN HOLLIS and TIMOTHY BENTINCK
Special sound by DICK MILLS , BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Programme consultant and presenter Basil Greenhill Director National Maritime Museum.
Composed and directed by MICHAEL MASON
(This series to be resumed in spring 1981)
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 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
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 MAGUIRE
Programme consultant and presenter
Norman McCord ,
Professor of Social
History, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Compiled and directed by MICHAEL MASON
Book (same title), £9.95 hard back., :t5.95 poperback, from bookshops
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 Radiophonic Workshop Programme consultant and presenter Peter Nailor , Professor of History. Royal Naval College, Greenwich.
Compiled and directed by MICHAEL MASON






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