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.
(Picture: © Ross Watton & Naval Broadsides)