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Replying to inaccuracies in Gordon's Weatherview

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: February 16, 2014

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I HAVE to draw your attention to a couple of inaccuracies in "Gordon Hensman's Weatherview" in The Bugle (January 16 issue).

The settlement that was abandoned in North America was on Roanoke Island in what is now North Carolina; the settlers arrived there on August 17, 1585, but no trace of them could be found by late the following year.

The settlers at Jamestown landed on May 24, 1607, and after a shaky first few years the colony prospered; it was the location of the well-known story of Captain John Smith and Matoaka (better known as Pocahontas). Incidentally, the vessel which Mr Hensman quotes as the 'Susan' was actually the 'Susan Constant'.

There is no mystery surrounding the fate of Amy Johnson. Her crashing aircraft and Amy herself, on a parachute, were seen by several of the ships escorting coastal convoy no CE21 which was proceeding from St Helens to Southend. She entered the water near HMS Haslemere, whose captain dived overboard in an attempt to rescue her.

Unfortunately he was unsuccessful, and sadly died from hypothermia after being brought back on board his ship.

John Withers,

7 Nailers Drive, Burntwood.

john.withers41@btinternet.com

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