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01 March 2008

SEA TRAVEL
John McCarthy
gets on board the ss Great Britain, the world’s first steam-powered, propeller-driven ship, now restored as a museum in Bristol.  It is the winner of numerous awards and the Dockyard Museum charts the history of Brunel's masterpiece.

John is joined by Matthew Tanner, Nancy Chambers and Captain Chris Young from the ss Great Britain Trust; Cruise ship captain Alistair McLundie; Martyn Heighton, Head of National Historic Ships and Alec Lewis, Director of fundraising for the Waverley Steam Navigation Company; to hear how this first ever luxury ocean liner transformed the way people travelled, as its speed enabled the development of tourism by sea.

John discovers that although modern passenger sea travel is flourishing it is almost entirely in the leisure market, whether for cruises or day trips.



Presented by John McCarthy

Portside stern of the ss Great Britain at night - photographer: Mandy Reynolds (courtesy/© of ss Great Britain Trust)


Photo: Portside stern of the ss Great Britain at night. (Mandy Reynolds – courtesy/© of ss Great Britain Trust)

This week’s guests:

Matthew Tanner
, Director and Chief Executive of the ss Great Britain Trust and a member of the Historic ships committee

Nancy Chambers, Director of Development and Deputy Director of the ss Great Britain Trust

Captain Chris Young, is a vice president of the ss Great Britain Trust

Brunel's ss Great Britain
Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Road, Bristol BS1 6TY
Tel: 24 Information Line 0117 929 1843

Captain Alistair McLundie, is a cruise ship captain; he worked in merchant shipping before becoming captain of the Saga Rose at the age of thirty four.

Martyn Heighton is Head of National Historic Ships, “a Non Departmental Public Body advising the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on national historic ship preservation and funding priorities”.

Alec Lewis, Director of fundraising for the Waverley Steam Navigation Company and Vice Chairman of the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society “a specialist group of dedicated preservationists and cruise lovers”.

The paddle steamer Waverley is the last operational Clyde steamer, and the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world.

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John McCarthy John McCarthy is a widely travelled journalist and presenter with a particular interest in the Middle East.
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