AttestedVelox 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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