Re:sound #172 The Abandoned At Sea Show

This hour: the story of a harrowing journey on the Mediterranean Sea that started with high hopes and ended in tragedy.

2013 / TCF / WBEZ 91.5, USA


This hour: the story of a harrowing journey on the Mediterranean Sea that started with high hopes and ended in tragedy.

Left to Die Boat
by Sharon Davis and Geoff Parish with engineer Steven Tilly (360Documentaries, ABC, 2012)
The story begins in Libya, in the port city of Tripoli, where 72 African refugees boarded an overcrowded Zodiac for what they thought would be an 18 hour trip to the Italian island of Lampidusa. But the 18 hours turned into 15 days and in the end, of the 72 passengers, only nine survived. Australian producer Sharon Davis digs into how and why they were abandoned at sea.

The Good Ship
by Sean Mullervy (Re:sound debut, 2012)
The clipper ship the 'City of Adelaide' was built in Sunderland, England in 1864. After a long and industrious career transporting immigrants between Britain and Australia, the Adelaide found herself beached on the coast of Scotland — decaying and forgotten. Until one day an invitation came to restore and reopen the ship as a museum in Adelaide, Australia. But the idea didn't appeal to everyone. Peter Maddison thought the rightful home of the clipper was in the city of her birth, and in March 2012, he camped aboard the ship's creaking frame for a month of protest.

This episode of Re:sound was produced by Katie Mingle.

produced by

Sharon Davis

Sharon Davis is an award-winning freelance documentary producer and journalist who has worked in radio, television and print.

Geoff Parish

Geoff Parish is the Chief Producer of Dateline and he has worked for over two decades in radio, television and print.

Sean Mullervy

Sean Mullervy is a London-based producer listening for the stories underneath the city hum.


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