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The Great Chain at Maritime Media Awards dinner

The Great Chain

The role of sea transport and its crucial significance to Britain as an island nation

OVER 200 celebrities, journalists, business figures and senior naval officers are set to gather at this year’s Maritime Media Awards, due to be held at the Institute of Directors in London on Thursday, 28 October.

Maritime Foundation president Countess Mountbatten of Burma will present the prizes to winners of the following six categories:

  • The Desmond Wettern Media Award for the best journalistic contribution
  • The Donald Gosling Award for best television, film or radio contribution
  • The Desmond Wettern Fleet award for best media contribution from HM Ship, submarine, Royal Navy Air Squadron or Royal Marine unit
  • The Mountbatten Maritime Award for best literary contribution
  • The Maritime Fellowship Award for an outstanding lifetime contribution in a particular maritime field
  • The Society for Nautical Research Anderson Medal for best contribution to maritime history

A record number of nominations include TV historian Dan Snow’s BBC2 series Empire of the Seas, Iain Ballantyne’s acclaimed book Killing the Bismarck, Mark Pereham’s Sailing the Dream, as well as authors and writers from Ireland and Australia.

First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope will give the closing address.

The Maritime Media Awards were established in 1995 with a single journalism prize presented in memory of Desmond Wettern, one of the most well-known and respected naval correspondents of the last century. Over the years the event has steadily grown to become the largest and most prestigious within the maritime sector.

Among those hosting the evening will be The Maritime Foundation’s new director Cdr Sue Eagles, who is widely known amongst the maritime media.

Editors’ Notes

  • Desmond Wettern wrote on maritime matters for over 30 years but is probably best known for his role as The Daily Telegraph’s naval correspondent. He was so respected within the service he wrote about that the Royal Navy sent a signal to every ship and naval establishment to inform them of his death in 1991.
  • The Maritime Foundation was set up in the early 1980s to promote Britain’s interests across the entire maritime sector. Its purpose is to inform and raise public and parliamentary awareness of the importance of our maritime industries, commerce and defence.
  • New Maritime Foundation director Cdr Sue Eagles QVRM RD RNR served in Defence Public Relations in the Royal Navy and Royal Naval Reserve for over 30 years. She is a former head of the RNR Public Affairs Branch and was NATO media spokesman in Afghanistan in 2004 and 2006.
  • For further information, please call Ali Kefford on 07775 737062.