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Ordnance Survey

Survey, began in 1747, was the first of the Royal Engineers 'specialist' activities. Between 1820's-1856 soldiers of the Corps of Royal Sappers and Miners assisted officers of the Corps of Royal Engineers in survey duties in the British Isles and elsewhere in the British Empire. Today's Ordnance Survey was developed from the early Royal Engineers survey activities.

Royal Navy Divers

Diving as one of the Corps 'specialist' activities was introduced in 1838 by Colonel (later General Sir) Charles Pasley (1780-1861). In the early days both Royal Engineers and Royal Sappers and Miners trained as deep water divers. Shallow water diving capabilities were developed in the 1950's.  The Sappers taught the first Royal Navy divers.

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