A far bigger problem was the ships themselves. In particular, the Christian Radich didn't look remotely like a Victorian sailing vessel to anyone who actually knew anything about them. The producer's office was persecuted by sailing-era buffs who seemed to watch the show specifically to spot nylon rigging, badly-camouflaged aerials or any number of other details. Oddly, the same people never spotted the women in the rigging. These complaints were always diverted to the hapless Maritime Adviser, who had already made all the same complaints himself. I think he finally realised that his presence on the credits was mainly to give the show a veneer of historical accuracy – not to actually tell the producer anything he didn't want to hear, which was always unpopular. His startled protests at some of the very weird plot lines of the last two series (anyone remember the Plague story?!) went unheard, alas.
Happy days ….
Bill Scanlan Murphy
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