Barney and the Almighty Ships! Blue Peter Bite


Barney and the Almighty Ships!

Radzi heads to an off-shore wind farm. Barney undergoes special training before joining a team of harbour pilots to help guide a giant cargo ship into port.


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This is Blue Peter, but mini.

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Expect epic adventures, makes, bakes, badges, pets,

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presenters and your post.

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We've only got five minutes, so get ready for your Blue Peter adventure.

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So, as you can see, I'm at sea to see

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one of the biggest ships you have ever seen, but unlike other films

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I've done before, I'm not going to be driving this ship.

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Instead, my super-size challenge is to learn how to park...

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that.

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Really? Say hello to the Carmen.

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She's almost as long as two football pitches put end to end

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and she weighs the equivalent of over 6,000 double-decker buses.

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Ships like the Carmen can literally sail anywhere in the world,

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transporting everything from your toothbrush to your family car.

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When they get near port, it's the job of local sailors,

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known as pilots, to take control and bring them in safely.

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Some of these ships are so huge they only just fit into our ports,

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so they need specialist care. And they're letting me have a go.

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They won't. I won't get to have a go.

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When they see what I do, they'll be, like, "Get off my ship."

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I'm going to be helping pilot Sean as he guides the Carmen into

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Southampton harbour. But before I could set foot on-board,

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I had to go through some very special training.

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So, this is it. The moment has arrived.

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I'm about to drive the biggest boat you've ever seen.

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OK, Barney, stay focused. Stay calm. You can do this.

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Oh.

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Well, it's not quite what I had in mind.

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This is Warsash Maritime Academy and these may look like toy

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boats, but they are actually scale models of real ships.

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Pilots must undergo their training here

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before they can control the real thing.

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A pilot doesn't actually steer a ship -

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they tell the crew how to manoeuvre it.

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Sean takes me through all the commands a pilot uses

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and then sets me a test, to navigate a course around the lake

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marked out by buoys, and I've got to bring the boat into harbour.

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Welcome aboard HMS Harewood.

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'That may sound easy, but remembering all the different

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'commands is actually really tricky.'

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-Starboard engine. Full...ast...er... Backwards.

-Full astern.

-Astern.

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-Full astern.

-OK, Barney.

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Full ahead.

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-Full ahead?

-Full ahead and starboard 20.

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'It's a lot to take in and then things go from bad to worse.'

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OK, full astern. Stop full astern.

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-Full astern stopped.

-No.

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We're not where you want to be, Barney.

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-We're stuck in the bushes here, I think.

-Yeah.

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-I think we need somebody to pull us out, I think.

-Sorry.

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'It's a good job it's not the real thing.'

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Oh, dear.

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'I have realised where I'm going wrong.

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'Boats take a long time to change course,

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'so I need to give the command to turn

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'way before we actually need to.'

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-Starboard ten.

-Starboard ten. You're in control.

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'We attempt the course again and, this time,

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'I'm determined to crack it.'

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OK, stop engines.

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'Done it. Yes!'

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-Not too bad at all, Barney. Can't complain about that.

-Yes.

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'It's time to put what I've learned into practise on the Carmen.'

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It's quite nerve-racking, this bit.

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Because, obviously, we're not in a port,

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so we can't just get onto the ship. We're at sea

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and the only way to get onto this ship

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is up that flimsy, little rope ladder.

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-Shall we go?

-Yeah, let's do it.

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Are you ready? All right, here we go.

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Oh, yes, like a proper pirate.

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My career has reached new heights. Ha-ha!

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Once on-board, we head straight to the bridge, where Sean takes

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control and starts guiding the Carmen into port.

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The exact same commands that I learned on the lake apply here,

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so it's time for me to put my training into practise.

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I'm about to give a command that moves this ship to the port side

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by five degrees. When I give the command, the helmsman will...

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-OK, Barney, this is a good time to go, I reckon.

-All right, OK.

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-Helmsman, port five, please.

-Port five.

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I'd make a great pilot, wouldn't I? I hand over to Sean and the crew

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and leave them to manoeuvre the Carmen.

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It's amazing how precise they have to be.

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At one point there's the length of just one and a half cars between the

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bottom of the ship and the seabed. Under Sean's watchful eye,

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and with the assistance of his helper, that's me, by the way,

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-we guide the ship in.

-Bargate, no wait now, please.

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We're trying to work out how close we are to the berth.

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It's difficult to tell how close you are from these windows

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because you're over it. They've thought about that

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and they've put windows in the floor.

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You can see exactly how close the side of the ship is to the berth.

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Thanks very much. Very nice job.

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It's at this point I would normally say, "I want one."

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But where would I put it?

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Who am I kidding? I still want one.

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Join in, every Thursday, on CBBC.

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Barney undergoes special training before joining a team of harbour pilots to help guide a giant cargo ship into port.


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