Codeword Pavement

At various points along the pavement you can find engraved paving slabs with words relating to entries from DH Bernard's 'The Nautical Telegraph Code Book'.

Photograph of one of the sections of the codeword pavement.Category: Permanent
Date: 1999
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Plymouth City Council

Project Description

In the early 20th century seafarers communicated with their families via telegraphs; these messages were charged by the word and therefore anything long and complicated could become very expensive! Captain DH Bernard devised ‘The Nautical Telegraph Code Book’ in which one word would stand for a particular message to save money. For example entry #63 ‘Sinker’ stood for ‘Send my evening dress here.’

These are inlaid in the pavement in the Admiral’s Hard area in celebration of Plymouth’s nautical heritage.