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Where I Work

Post by Ray P » Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:31 pm

Here's a link to a short video about the work I do that I thought might be of interest to some. It was filmed in my office when I was off work following my bike crash so I don't feature but the chap looking at windfarms and the one in the last shot are both colleagues. To put it in context, something like 90% of the world's vessels greater than 500grt use our charts - 'Made in Somerset'!



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Post by Ray P » Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:28 pm

Sorry to be a bit of a bore but where I work has been in the media a bit lately, this week we were featured in the BBC's 'Antique Road Trip'.

There is some really interesting historical stuff relating to items we hold in our archive (which is a public records office) including a chart produced by James Cook and a chart of Portsmouth harbour from 1620 (when the Pilgrim Fathers were sailing to the new World).

The modern bits features some of my colleagues in the Remote Sensing area.

Here's the relevant excerpt from the Road Trip programme.



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Post by antonio66 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:02 pm

Sorry to thread drift but coming from Lincolnshire, I was always taught the Mayflower sailed from Boston, so today I have just googled it and this seemed to be the best answer. http://www.bostonguildhall.co.uk/index. ... cleid=5458
There are so many references to the Mayflower in Boston although it is many years since I last went through there.

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Post by pre65 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:19 pm

So, it was Portsmouth then.

Quite a few UK towns have associations with the Pilgrim Fathers, Billericay in Essex being one.
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Post by shane » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:36 pm

pre65 wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:19 pm
So, it was Portsmouth then.

It said Plymouth when I read it!

We do have the Mayflower steps here to commemorate the event, although apparently after leaving here they put in to Newlyn to take on extra water for the voyage, so theoretically that would be the last point of departure.

Three hundred and fifty years later they did me a huge favour. To celebrate the anniversary in 1970 Plymouth held a huge jamboree on the Hoe which my parents were happy to let me attend as it looked like jolly wholesome fun. The fact that I ended up down at the Vandike Club watching Free from a distance of about six feet from Paul Rogers’ feet and experiencing one of the major turning points of my life was never revealed to them.
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Post by Ray P » Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:37 pm

I think there's a clue in the name of the place where they landed on the other side of the pond - Plymouth.

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Post by Mike H » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:19 pm

Only 4 from Billericay, on the Mayflower, if memory serves. The rest from Lincs & Nottinghamshire areas, history here:

https://www.lincolnshire.org/lincolnshi ... m-fathers/


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