Messing About in Boats: The Amazing Adventure of Bob Manry

WEWS-TV5 Footage of Robert Manry's Trip Across the Atlantic Ocean in His 13.5-foot Sailboat, Tinkerbelle

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In 1965, WEWS-TV 5 correspondent Bill Jorgensen and veteran cameraman Walter Glendenning tracked down Robert Manry in his sailboat, Tinkerbelle, more than 200 miles off the coast of England to record this momentous interview. The footage, itself, was provided by John Carroll University, Communications Department, Northeast Ohio Broadcast Archives

View the complete video (35:21 min.) or watch it in shorter segments below.

Segment Descriptions:

Part I - (01:44)
Bill Jorgensen, reporter from Cleveland's WEWS-TV5 is filmed by Walter Glendenning at Falmouth, England.
Part II - (05:22 min.)
Bill Jorgensen and cameraman Walter Glendenning are aboard the English trawler Roseland of Penzance searching for Robert Manry on August 9, 1965. They find Manry and the interview that was to become a scoop of the Plain Dealer, Manry's employer, began.
Part III - (07:31 min.)
Manry receives his first fresh cup of coffee in more than two months. Jorgensen continues the interview, asking Manry about his supplies and his health. Manry goes on to tell of his problems with rudders breaking and describes the toolkit he brought, as well as the amount of water and other beverages. Jorgensen asks him about his food supply and the fresh fruit dropped to him from the Royal Air Force plane. Manry is questioned about his employment with the Plain Dealer and whether or not he is on a leave of absence. Manry describes his survival equipment and supplies. Jorgensen asks him about his family and how the idea of the trip began. Manry describes the trip he took with his son, Douglas, as well as what he would like to do in the future. Manry gives details regarding Tinkerbelle and her sails.
Part IV - (01:57 min.)
Tinkerbelle gets a bit too close to the Roseland trawler. Manry is interviewed by Jorgensen and he describes what it's like to be out on the ocean alone for two months. He is asked what he plans to do when he arrives in Falmouth, England and whether or not he was sorry he began the trip. Jorgensen also asked him what he would do differently if he were to do the trip again.
Part V - (03:14 min.)
Jorgensen asks Manry if anything occurred that he didn't expect. Manry goes on to tell about the six times he was thrown overboard. He also talked about his encounters with sharks and the twenty-foot waves, as well as the calms. Jorgensen asks him if he missed the copy desk. Manry expresses surprise at the reaction to his adventure.
Part VI - (05:18 Min.)
Manry shows some of the equipment and supplies he had on board his sailboat, Tinkerbelle, and describes how they were used. This includes his sextant, food packages, water bottles, cooking utensils, time pieces and radio. Manry goes on to describe the food supply that was given to him by the captain of the ship Belgulf Glory.
Part VII - (00:42min.)
Manry is shown sailing away from the trawler Roseland at the end of the interview by Bill Jorgensen, filmed by Walter Glendenning; both men were from WEWS-TV5 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Part VIII - (02:30)
Bill Jorgensen stops Virginia Manry as she is returning from her trip aboard the trawler Excellent that took her out to see her husband, sailor Robert Manry. She talks about not getting seasick, her plans and her confidence in her husband's ability to complete the journey.
Part IX - (06:58 min.)
The crowd at Falmouth Harbor awaits the arrival of Robert Manry and his now famous 13.5-foot sailboat, Tinkerbelle. He is cheered along the way by hundreds of well-wishers. Upon his arrival, the St. Stythians Silver Band plays "Stars and Stripes Forever." Manry is welcomed to shore by Mayor Hooper of Falmouth, England. His wife, Virginia, son, Douglas, and daughter, Robin, are there to greet him along with thousands of local residents and many members of the press. The Manry family is shown making their way through the crowd in automobiles trying to leave Falmouth Harbor (Custom House Quay) to get to their hotel.