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Radio Four Boat Programmes

The following are to be broadcast on Radio 4 BBC

Sleeping with the Fish
Friday 3 March 2006 11:00-11:30 (Radio 4 FM)

Writer Andrew Smith goes deep into the lives and adventures of submariners across the generations as he encounters the People of the Abyss.

Smith finds his bunk is a palette in the 'bomb shack' just inches from the deadly 'fish' - or torpedoes. For five days he struggles to adapt to the cramped physical and emotional world with its strange routines and constant drills.

But this is not a just a journey through the present day HMS Torbay. Veterans from her illustrious Second World War predecessor offer a glimpse into the very different conditions and pressures of previous generations of submariners.

1102 GMT Friday 10/03/06 Radio 4

People of the Abyss
Writer Andrew Smith goes deep into the lives and adventures of submariners across the generations as he encounters the People of the Abyss.

The combination of the ballistic missile and the nuclear-powered submarine changed everything - warfare, the balance of world power and of course submarining. For the duration of the Cold War, the real front line stretched across millions of miles of dark water.

Former Soviet, British and American commanders and crew reveal the unique pressures, intense boredom and underwater strategy that required them to remain hidden or hunted.

2002 GMT Sunday 11/03/06 Radio 4

Archive Hour
20,000 Leagues Under the Ice
In 1958, in utter secrecy, the black hull of the world's first nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus, voyaged beneath the ice of the North Pole and entered into legend. 'Nautilus 90 degrees North' flashed the telegram, informing the world of the boat's historic undersea crossing - a message that would sink home both in Washington and Moscow - hinting at American technical genius and the tilting of strategic power.

That voyage was captured on disc and long forgotten. Now Charles Wheeler, speaking with the Nautilus captain and crew, reveals a hidden history of adventure and political intrigue at the limits of human knowledge.

Friday 1102 GMT Friday 17/03/06 Radio 4

Last in series of three contents not shown on BBC listings yet.

Listening to todays programme it seemed that the health and safety culture and protection from compensation era was with us.

BBC man get on casing and receives a lecture and life jacket to walk to the fin.

Further saftey lectures when on board.

Then I heard a pipe, "Diving now any person know of any reason why the submarine should not dive." bit like a wedding. All very commendable but strange to old ears.

Enjoyed the programme overall.
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