Shipping Forecast celebrates its 150th year of keeping sailors safe at Sea
As many of you will know, the Rix family started their business in 1873, when sea captain and merchant adventurer, Robert Rix started business as a shipbuilder and soon began buying boats to transport materials around the British Isles. Since the business began, we have relied upon the Met Office’s Shipping Forecast to keep our sailors safe.
The shipping forecast, which was created in 1867, was the brainchild of Vice Admiral Robert Fitzroy, the founder of the net office, after the famous Royal Charter storm in 1859 led to the deaths of 800 people and the loss of 133 ships.
The Meteorological Office was founded with the purpose of looking into weather at sea but not forecasting, merely attempting to understand it better with the hope of being able to better protect life at sea. Self-recording anemometers, who measure wind speed and direction, were positioned at numerous locations around the Atlantic Ocean most used by shipping (the earliest being Bermuda and Nova Scotia in 1859). Log books were also returned from ships travelling to all parts of the world from which data on sea temperature, currents, pressure, winds and various other meteorological data were extracted and collated in hopes of finding patterns and improving understanding of weather at sea.
The Met office now broadcasts 4 ship forecasts per day, 7 times a week, 365 days a year and have a staggering 93% accuracy rate.