Attested: Velox at position 271 in the Ravenna Cosmography
Where: Probably Poole Harbour, because Velox is listed at the very end of the Cosmography's tour of harbour estuaries.
Name origin: Latin velox ‘speedy’.
Notes: The current at Poole Harbour entrance can be particularly fast as the tide enters and leaves a large shallow basin through a narrow opening. This is not a problem for modern motorised craft equipped with tide tables but was a serious matter for ancient sailors. A similar issue at the mouth of Montrose harbour led to its name stroma ‘stream’ in Norse.
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