Consultation paper on a new Planning Policy Statement 15: Planning for the Historic Environment; 100th Anniversary; Lionel Casson; US Navy diving tables; Purton Hulks; More on the Roman ships found off the island of Ventotene, Italy; Ancient port of Trafalgar; Yes, cannon balls can sink ships


 

 

Consultation paper on a new Planning Policy Statement 15: Planning for the Historic Environment

Published last Friday, this consultation invites views on a new Planning Policy Statement (PPS) that will replace Planning Policy Guidance 15: Planning and the Historic Environment (PPG15) and Planning Policy Guidance 16: Archaeology and Planning (PPG16).

The government is also inviting comment on the Draft Legislative Programme 2009/10.

100th Anniversary

This weekend marked the centenary of one of the most famous ‘firsts’ in aviation history – Louis Blériot’s crossing of the English Channel. However it was many years before flying offshore became commonplace.

Lionel Casson

The maritime historian Lionel Casson has died, aged 94. 

US Navy diving tables

For commercial as opposed to sports diving, the US Navy air decompression tables are probably the most widely used diving tables in the world. They are probably the most intensively tested tables and they have an extremely low incidence of failure. 

From 1 July 2009 those using these tables in the UK should be aware that the HSE expect them to use the latest version, Revision 6. The HSE also expect diving contractors to use them as they stand, without the previously commonplace adoption of ‘fudge factors’.

Revision 6 is available as a free download.

Purton Hulks

The hulks at Purton on the River Severn in Gloucestershire are to feature in a new series of the BBC’s ‘Coast’.

More on the Roman ships found off the island of Ventotene, Italy

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8168425.stm
http://www.physorg.com/news167720761.html
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090725/ap_on_re_eu/eu_italy_roman_shipwrecks
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gshqvuOIMIfGLvRkWELCJKpX5aMAD9\9L1HAG1
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090723/sc_nm/us_italy_shipwrecks_1
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090724/ap_on_re_eu/eu_italy_roman_shipwrecks
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=8172032
http://www.ansa.it/opencms/export/site/notizie/rubriche/daassociare/visualizza_n\ew.html_1621183992.html (in Italian)
http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/07/24/shipwrecks-italy.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,534780,00.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/25/2636257.htm
http://www.reuters.com/article/scienceNews/idUSTRE56M3IW20090723

Ancient port of Trafalgar

The remains of the ancient port of Trafalgar are reported to have been found by Spanish archaeologists at a depth of 50m using aerial radar survey. The results can apparently be seen on Google Maps.

Yes, cannon balls can sink ships

An experiment using scale models and an experimental gun, carried out by the University of Haifa and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., has apparently shown that the “unusually thick” oak hull of a vessel found off Acre, possibly an 18th century British ‘blockship’, could have been penetrated by the cannon balls found inside it.

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