Wednesday 25th October

John Blake

Charts

 Jules and Vanessa Dussek,  Cruising the Inland Waterways of France

John served in the Royal Navy and reserve for 16 years, leaving as Lieutenant Commander. He then opened and  ran several succesful retail stores selling British gift products but also developed an interest in maritime history. He has published several beautifully produced books on sea charts and other related topics and contributed the section on Cartography to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History. In recognition of his authorship, he was elected to the Royal Institute of Navigation. He will tell us about the development and roles of charts in navigation and war.  Yes, that is Ben Ainslie being presented with one of John's books.