I READ WITH INTEREST the article ‘Marconi Sahib’ and ‘1950’s Apprentice’ in the April issue of Sea Breezes. This edition was in my mail on my return from Florence where I had photographed the memorial stone to A Guglielmo Marconi in the 13th century Basilica of Santa Croce, so it had a particular resonance.
I thought readers would too like the connection. Santa Croce is full of memorials to the great and the good, and their lasting place too. Of earlier significance to mariners is Galileo - his contributions to observational astronomy, mathematics, a military compass and other instruments for use in trigonometry. The only other nautical connections I found in this ancient city – a long way from the sea – were two Canaletto paintings of marine interest in the Uffizi Gallery.
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