Rob Murphy – Class of March 2008
Rob had been working as a carpenter who also made and played his own guitars when he began the long course. After graduation Rob worked on narrow boats; fit-out, line-out (insulation), ballasting, engineering, and painting and finishing. In January 2010 he changed jobs and went to work for T. Nielsen and Co Ltd in Gloucester on boats of up to 170ft. Rob started by doing a bit of everything, including making a mast and bowsprit for a 60ft Pilot Cutter. When Nielsen, with BAE Systems, won the contract for the extensive renovation of HMS Victory, Rob was made Foreman of that work and now spends the majority of his time on Victory in Portsmouth. Rob can be seen in this news report recaulking using traditional oakum. Our graduates don’t work on boats like Victory, they work on Victory.