BBC news piece today
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Good morning all.
Anyone seen the piece about the 1744 wreck of the Victory on BBC news?
Fascinating insight into the beginnings of modern systems such as GPS, smart phones et al.
Amazing that a guy who was barely literate but an "ingenious mechanick" was able to develop such a device.
Read it and let us all know what you think.
|Martin Connelly||17/04/2019 08:23:45|
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Sorry Martin couldn't work out how to link to BBC but I'm sure someone will. It's in the business section.
|David George 1||17/04/2019 08:34:21|
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|duncan webster||17/04/2019 08:46:53|
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a link straight to the gyro bit
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Great British invention exploited by foreigners. Typical.
Re drones delivering everything. Do you remember the news stories in the '60s where cities were full of personal helicopters and elevated monorails? Or the fifties when everything was atomic peoered in the future and electricity was free? After a while reality steps in.
|Michael Gilligan||17/04/2019 09:15:43|
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Thanks for the refernce, Mick [Plasma]
Predictably enough: The most informative part is in the Gentleman's Magazine rather than the BBC's added fluff.
Serson was a sea captain, and barely literate. But he was also an "ingenious mechanick", as The Gentleman's Magazine later put it.
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