The Shipping Forecast is issued four times a day and covers a period of 24 hours. The waters around the British Isles are divided into 31 sea areas (which are all featured on our tall typographic prints).
The forecast contains details of gale warnings in force, a general synopsis and sea area forecasts containing forecast wind direction and force, weather and visibility. Gale warning are issued as required throughout the day.
The Shipping Forecast was first broadcast using telegraph communications in 1861after being introduced by Vice Admiral Robert Fitzroy, who was the captain of the ship, The Beagle during the now famous voyage with Charles Darwin. This was due in part to a tragic accident off the coast of Anglesey in October 1859. A steam clipper called The Royal Charter was wrecked in a violent storm which led to the loss of over 450 lives.