Saturday, 21 March 2009

Wednesday March 21, 1894

Went to Sandwich this evening for Easter returning Tuesday March 27.

William Christie, Astronomer Royal

RH says.... The mystery of the visits to Sandwich seems to be that Christie was a keen yachtsman, and presumably kept his boat moored in the sheltered harbour at Sandwich. The first point is included in the ODNB entry by A.J. Meadows, and Colin A. Ronan, in a book on the ROG, reported that Christie owned a boat (thanks to my colleague Graham Dolan for telling me about this one). Born in Woolwich, where his father (Samuel Hunter Christie) taught mathematics at the Royal Military College, and now running an institution administered by the Admiralty, his interest in boats seems entirely appropriate.

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