The Foundations of the East India Company

Moluccas Islands

The 16th century paved the way for the East India Company, which would become one of the most notorious organizations in history. It was a hotbed of naval exploration. Our oceans belonged to Portugal and Spain, as they blazed trails through unchartered seas. Such was their dominance they agreed to split the world in half with the Treaty of Tordesillas, 1494. Continue reading

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week

carbon monoxide awareness week

CO Awareness Week Monday 23rd to Sunday 29th November 2020

This week sees the start of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week in the UK.  Here is a reminder of the dangers of carbon monoxide and why you should be aware of it in confined spaces like a boat. Continue reading

Fata Morgana

superior mirage

What is a Fata Morgana?

A fata morgana is an optical illusion caused by atmospheric conditions.  These complex superior mirages appear on the horizon.  They can be seen either on the sea or land and at different altitudes with some being observed from aeroplanes. These mirages can take all forms, mountains or towns on the sea, to ships that fly in the air. Continue reading

Underwater Statues

Underwater Statues Around the World.

head in the sand

Humans as a species have been responsible for some pretty lousy abuse of the oceans, especially in recent history.   For once though something we are placing into the ocean is a force for good.  Underwater statues are being placed on seabeds around the world and they seem to be having a positive effect. Continue reading