No Time On Our Side

This was a true story of 2 men trapped for 76 hours at bottom of the Atlantic in 1973

1st Broadcast 2nd June 1976 BBC Radio 4


James Follett


Maurice Leitch.


" Pisces support ship Vickers Voyager to Vickers Oceanics- Barrow-in-Furness. Ten hours, Wednesday 29th August 1973....

Pisces Three arft sphere flooded and the submersible bottomed in 1575 feet; 150 miles southwest Cork. Position 50 degrees, zero nine minutes.... "


Roger Sean Barrett
MalAlun Bond
Others taking part  
Character Name Not Known John Rowe
Character Name Not Known Peter Craze
Character Name Not Known James Thomason
Character Name Not Known Patrick Barr
Character Name Not Known Paul Meier
Character Name Not Known Walter Hall
Character Name Not Known Michael Fawkes
Character Name Not Known Jonna wake

James Follett Comments

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Adapted from the book of the same name by Roger Chapman.

Running Time

60 Minutes.

Odd Notes

HMS Hecate

HMS Hecate is one of three deep ocean survey vessels of her class, the others being Hecla and Hydra. These ships are used in the combined oceanographical and hydrographical roles. They have an overall length of 260 feet, a beam of 49 feet and a displacement of 2 800 tones. They operate Wasp helicopters. The ships are designed to operate without base support for long periods.HMS Hecate had a Penneant Number A137. It was present at the "presentation of fleet colours" review in Torbay on 29th July 1969. The ship was decommissioned in 1990.


Length: 260 feet
Beam: 49 feet
Displacement: 2800 tons
Propulsion: 3 Paxman Ventura V-12 diesel engines
Top speed: 14 knots
Range: 12000 Nautical Miles at 11 knots
Crew: 121 (13 officers and 6 scientists)
Armament: 2 Oerlikon 20 mm guns
Air wing: 1 Helipad for a Westland Wasp light helicopter.

Sister ships

HMS Hecla (A133)
HMS Hydra (A144)



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