Southern Region

The Southern Region can be contacted at

The Regional officers (confirmed at the 10th February 2016 AGM) are:

Other Committee members are:

The Regionally-Elected Director on the Board of THS UK is: to be confirmed

The Minutes of recent Southern Region AGMs are available to download at the foot of this page.


The Southern Region holds regular meetings throughout the year, except in July and August, at which a variety of presentations of interest to members are given by guest speakers; we also hold occasional social events. We try to hold our events at various locations across the Southern region to ensure we reach all our members. If you have a suggestion for a venue please let us know and we will try to accomodate this in future events.


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Meeting Programme  

Meetings usually commense at 19:00 for a 19:30 presentation UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED, please check below for details

Please revist this page regularly to check for updates and additions.

Wednesday 12th October 2016 - 'An Update on the Buster Crabb Mystery' 

Speaker: Dr John Bevan

Venue: The Diving Museum, Gosport

Start Time: 1930

A year on (almost to the day) from Dr John Bevan's enthralling talk about the mysterious disappearance of Commander Crabb, we meet again to hear about recent developments and updates.

Crabb was a retired Royal Navy frogman hired by MI6 at the height of the Cold War. He vanished under suspicious circumstances during a covert reconnaissance mission under a Soviet cruiser berthed at Portsmouth Dockyard in 1956. Soviet leaders Khruschev and Bulganin had come over for a meeting with Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden who had given express instructions to the intelligence agencies to stay clear of the Soviet vessels. Both MI6 and Naval Intelligence failed to comply. The resulting bungled cover-up contributed to the fall of the government.

There is a display case in the Diving Museum in Gosport devoted to the Crabb story, following the talk there will be a chance to have an explore around the museum.

This meeting will be held at The Diving Museum, Gosport on Wednesday 12th October, commencing at 19:30. There will be no charge for attendance and members' guests are very welcome - so arrive early to get the best seats for this excellent evening!


Wednesday 16th November 2016 - 'A "Behind the Scences" insight into Fugro's involvement in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370' & AGM

Speaker: Wayne Reynolds

Venue: TBC

Start Time: 1930

The talk describes how the search area had been defined and the logistical challenges involved in getting the correct vessels, staff and equipment together and working such a remote location in the southern Indian Ocean, along with some insight into the equipment used and life onboard. We will look at Phase 1, MBES mapping of the seabed over the entire search area, in water depths between 3,000m - 6,000m and then move to look at Phase 2, the actual search for MH370.

In Wayne's previous role he was a Tender Coordinator at Fugro Survey Pty Ltd (in Perth, Western Australia), where he was actually part of the bid team for this project and therefore he isvery familiar with this particular subject.

All members of The Hydrographic Society UK (from any Region) and their guests are welcome to attend our meetings. If you would like to receive email notification of forthcoming events in the Southern Region, send your details to

Members of other marine professional societies are most welcome to attend our meetings, especially colleagues from local branches of:


Nautical Institute


Previous Meetings

21st April 2016: 'The Future of Global Navigation Satellite Systems' - Professor Terry Moore

10th February 2016: 'The Mulberry Harbours - Past and Present' - Chris Howlett

20th January 2016: 'The Vertical Offshore Reference Frames Project' - Jonathan Iliffe and 'High Resolution Surveys on the Thames' - Jean-Philippe Cheminade (Geodesa) and Andrew Stanley (MMT)

16th December 2015: "A Festive Evening with MMT (UK)"

11th November 2015: Rolf Christensen "Which Way Are We Going? The Development of Heading Sensor Technologies"

15th October 2015: Dr John Bevan "Commander Crabb, What Really Happened?"

24th September 2015: Andrew Colenutt"Coastal Monitoring and Nearshore Seabed Mapping - Applications for Shoreline Management"

29th April 2015: "An Evening with Industry" Student Presentations & Poster Session at the National Oceanography Centre  

11th March 2015: Wouter Verbraak. "The Navigator's role in Ocean Racing and Lessons from the Stranding of Volvo 65 Vestas Wind" 

11th February 2015: Port of London Surveyors and Land Surveyor. "Developing a robust method for vessel dimensional control survey's using combined laser scanning, tracking, total station & photography"


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PDF documentSouthern Region AGM Agenda 2016
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PDF documentSouthern Region AGM Minutes 2016
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PDF documentSouthern Region - Mulberry Harbour by Chris Howlett - Feb 2016
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PDF documentSouthern AGM Minutes 2015
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PDF documentSouthern Region AGM Agenda 2015
Meeting date 21st January 2015
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