23rd April 2019
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Robertson goes hi-tech to find his lost camera on seabed

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He is perhaps best known for being creative with well-known works by famous singer-songwriters, but now Steven Robertson has shown his inventive side extends to machines as well.

Steven Robertson's underwater search vehicle, the "Sea Rover".

Steven Robertson’s underwater search vehicle, the “Sea Rover”.The man who became something of an internet sensation with his somewhat Shetland-style take on Tracey Chapman’s hit number Fast Car at this year’s folk festival has used technical know-how to locate a lost piece of sophisticated camera equipment.

Mr Robertson lost his high definition Go-Pro video camera while recently out windsurfing in the Catfirth voe. But, not to be out-done, he turned his hand to creating a remotely-operated, underwater search vehicle – using plumbing pipe, a skip DVD player, a fishbox, an Amiga joystick and other random items apparently found on ebay.And perseverance has certainly paid off for the inventive entertainer.
The device, christened “Sea Rover”, actually helped Mr Robertson find –  and more crucially, retrieve – the lost camera.
Could a patent be pending for Mr Robertson’s new device? Or, at the very least, a high-pressure appearance before the panel of Dragons’ Den? If nothing else, it could make for good material for his next song. 

About Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor has worked as a reporter since 1995, and has been at The Shetland Times since 2007, covering a wide variety of news topics. Before then he reported for other newspapers in the Highlands, where he was raised, and in Fife, where he began his career with DC Thomson. He also has experience in broadcast journalism with Grampian Television. He has lived in Shetland since 2002, where he harbours an unhealthy interest in old cars and motorbikes.

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One comment

  1. Leona Gear

    and I used the sea rover tp find my gopro! *song idea*


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