The film is about a hungry baby sandpiper learning to find food along a shore, yet fearful of incoming waves. With the help and encouragement of a young hermit crab, the baby sandpiper found its courage and discovered a new, innovative way of catching clams. Much to the delight of its mother.
You may have heard of this award-winning short film – Piper by Pixar. The film delighted us with its simple message of taking risks and finding success through friendship, courage and curiosity. It inspired us to find out more about our avian friends, which led us to the Plover.
Credits: Ackermann & Co and the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Since 1652, 11 British Royal Navy warships were proudly christened ‘Plover’. They served in many exploratory and dangerous expeditions. Some fought wars, while others embarked on great adventures of exploration and discovery.
One such HMS Plover (pictured left) had the daunting task of mapping out the southern coast of Hong Kong and China between 1842 to 1846.
In 1848, the same HMS Plover was sent on a search and rescue mission to find 2 ships – HMS Erebus and HMS Terror – lost in the icy and treacherous Northwest Passage. The ships were the most advanced then in the English Royal Navy. They were seeking to be the first to sail through the Northwest Passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Both ships were ultimately lost with all hands.
Embarking on such a dangerous journey without precise maps or modern navigation system required great bravery and integrity from the crew and officers of the HMS Plover. They could have given up at any point in time. Instead, they endured 2 year of unforgiving arctic waters and dangers in search for the missing men.
The characteristics of the HMS Plover and our avian friend, the Plover, are a reflection of our own values. Today, we strive to continue the incredible legacy of our name by committing to the same qualities of Courage, Innovation, Perseverance, Integrity and Teamwork (CIPIT).