Thomas Waghorn


Monuments to sailors are two-a-penny in Britain's long and glorious naval history - provided, of course, that the sailors in question were noble or achieved high office. Monuments to ordinary Jack Tar are few and far between - but this must be one of the oddest ones.

Thomas Waghorn fought in no great battles, commanded no great fleets, invented no new method of navigation. What he did do was find away across the Sinai peninsula, one of the driest, most desolate spots, on earth. Also, one of the most travelled and best known of earth's deserts, so why exactly was his achievement remembered?

You'll have to watch the film to find out.