Great British Ships

9pm Wednesday 11th December

Episodes

HMS Victory: Nelson's Great War Ship

Rob discovers the incredible story of HMS Victory

Sunk: Mary Rose Secrets From the Deep

Who was really responsible for the sinking of the Mary Rose?

The Golden Hinde

Exploring the extraordinary story of the Golden Hind – the personal ship of England’s most notorious pirate, Sir Francis Drake.

The Cutty Sark

Rob clambers aboard to experience first-hand the beauty and superior design of this perfect sailing ship

SS Great Britain

Rob discovers what life was like on board for the thousands who set sail on this record-breaking ship

HMS Belfast

Rob Bell delves into the fascinating history of the WW2 cruiser HMS Belfast

The Cutty Sark

Rob Bell explores the extraordinary tea clipper, Cutty Sark – a ship that endured drunken captains and murderous crews, inspired a whisky, and survived the coming of the steam age, only to face her greatest ordeal - a devastating fire that ripped through her hull one night in 2007. Impossibly, the wooden ship survived the blaze.  But how?

 One of the most glamorous ships of her day, Cutty Sark made her name racing precious cargoes of tea from Shanghai to London. Rob clambers aboard to experience first-hand the beauty and superior design of this perfect sailing ship. He delves into the ship’s tragic past – her vagabond years of ‘tramping’, mistreated by her captains and deserted by her crews. He uncovers the Cutty Sark’s unlikely link to Prohibition, and a famous brand of whisky. And he discovers how, on the night of that terrible fire, the ship was saved by a remarkable piece of good luck.

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