BBC ends seafaring voyage for radio show: Seamen's programme to be axed after 50 years
Tuesday 04 May 1993
Once required listening for more than 130,000 officers and ratings across the world's oceans, Seven Seas, one of the six longest running radio shows in production, is to cease broadcasting next month.
It began as Shipmates Ashore in 1942, a year of Atlantic convoys and during which 1,000 merchant ships were lost. But now, with the entire UK registered fleet consisting of just 425 ships, the BBC World Service is recasting the programme as a general transport review, On the Move.
Immediately after the Second World War, the British fleet was the world's largest and represented 25 per cent of total tonnage. By 1970, this had dropped to 11 per cent and a number three ranking. In 1993, the UK represents one half of one per cent of the world fleet and is ranked number 33 with 18,000 seafarers, most of them working on coasters and cross-Channel ferries.
The first programmes, presented by Doris Hare, a singer, were innovative with a risque mixture of sailors and showgirls reproducing a club atmosphere from the Palais de Dance, Hammersmith, west London.
Tom Fournere, 73, a former seaman who lives at the Queen Victoria Seamen's Rest in east London, said of the programme: 'It was a sort of bridge between shore and ourselves. It shouldn't disappear.'
- 1 Paris attacks: Do not call Charlie Hebdo killers 'terrorists', BBC says
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 3 UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
- 4 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 5 The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
Paris attacks: Do not call Charlie Hebdo killers 'terrorists', BBC says
Rowan Atkinson to sell £10 million McLaren 'supercar' he crashed into a tree and a lamppost
UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Howard 'Mr Nice' Marks reveals he has inoperable cancer: 'I've had an incredible life'
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
£33000 - £38000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Company mission is to be th...
£20000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Software Tester is required t...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: The Company sells mobile video advertising sol...
£16000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: We have a vacancy within our ra...