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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

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I remember they only had about thirty seconds of footage of ships under sail, which they used to re-use again and again whenever the plot demanded it. The sailing ship and the helicopter were presumably the most expensive items in the budget, so get that shot early on, and then everyone back into the studio to fanny around with mutton-chop whiskers and bodices.

From memory (and I had them on video tapes) the first series was pretty good but the second was dire, as they became politically correct and all about women being downtrodden. I seem to recall that the Charlotte Rhodes (actually the Kathleen and May) was kept at Exeter Maritime Museum for a bit.

In the world of so called inanimate objects there is nothing more beautiful and inspiring than a full rigged ship under all sail.

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