UCL’s Astronomical Observatory in Mill Hill
The Clockmakers’ and Wax Chandlers’ Companies are affiliated to the Royal Navy’s Ice Patrol Ship HMS Protector. Protector is a hydrographic research vessel, equipped with a variety of equipment for inshore and offshore oceanographic survey supplemented with Royal Navy Hydrographical and Meteorological specialist Officers and Ratings. She is charged with the “patrol and survey of the Antarctic and South Atlantic, maintaining a Sovereign Presence with Defence Diplomacy, and support of the global community of Antarctica”, however outside of the Antarctic summer, she returns to Northern Hemisphere waters, undertaking maintenance and refit work in Northern Europe and where possible visiting her Base Port (HMNB Portsmouth) and affiliated town, Cambridge, berthing in Ipswich.
The Clockmakers’ Company is affiliated to HMS Archer. She is a P2000 Patrol Craft, and the vessel primarily used to train students from the Aberdeen Universities’ Royal Naval Unit. When HMS Archer is visiting London, we have endeavoured to link up and involve the TS Terra Nova SCC Sea Cadets where possible.
URNUs exist to ‘educate a wide spectrum of high calibre undergraduates who show potential as society’s leaders and opinion formers in order to better inform them of the need for and role of the Royal Navy, and to develop an awareness of the career opportunities in the service’
HMS Archer is the first of the Archer P2000 class 20m Fast Patrol Boats built by Watercraft in 1985. She became the East Scotland Universities’ Royal Navy Unit (URNU) training vessel in July 2012. Edinburgh URNU is the newest of the 14 URNUs that were first formed in 1967. During term time, Archer can generally be found on the east Coast of Scotland with students embarked on sea training weekends, allowing them to practise the navigation they have been taught in the classroom. Additionally at sea they receive further instruction in engineering, damage control, first aid and boat handling using the ship’s ‘Gemini’ inflatable boat.
HMS Archer returned to the water in December 2015 after a refit which saw her receive a substantial power-boost in the form of two new Caterpillar engines.
You can view a video of HMS Archer here.