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Thursday, 24th January 2019

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Meeting starts at 10:00 am
at Harman’s Cross Village Hall
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As Honorary President of the Poole Flying Boats Celebration, Jeremy Waters will tell the story of the period when Poole Harbour became the birthplace of BOAC and was the UK's only international civilian airport.  Taking off from Poole Harbour, the massive flying boats maintained our communications with North America, the Middle East, South Africa, India and as far as Australia and New Zealand, throughout the war and for three years afterwards.  
VIP passengers would come down from London on specially chartered trains, stay overnight, and take one of the two scheduled departures early each morning.  The 600 support staff made BOAC and Coastal Command one of the largest employers in Poole throughout the war.
Jeremy Waters is a Chartered Surveyor who trained here in Dorset in the 1950s, but spent most of his working life in London.  For the last 25 years he was a partner in one of the major international firms of commercial property advisers based in the West End, escaping to his boat on Poole Harbour at the weekends to save his sanity.  
He retired early to go sailing, and he and his wife spent four months of each of the next dozen years cruising in Croatia, the Greek Islands, Turkey and as far east as Syria.  
Over the last 15 years he has been giving talks to local organisations on cruising under sail and the history of Poole.  His local history book Parkstone-on-Sea is now in its third print run.
Flying Boat Routes in 1942
Poole Flying Boat
Runways & Moorings
The Flying Boats of Poole Harbour 1939-1948
Jeremy Waters