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HMS Discovery (1774-1797)

 Organization

Found in 14 Collections and/or Records:

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Astronomical observations made during Captain Cook's last voyage., 1776 - 1780

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/61
Scope and Contents

Observations from Captain Cook's last voyage.

Dates: 1776 - 1780
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Calculations of observations made on the voyage, 1778-05-29 - 1780-08

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/61/2: 38r-49v
Scope and Contents

Table of rough calculations of observations; these include records of the time by the watch, the apparent time, and the altitude of the sun and moon. Many entries are checked and marked 'done' or 'correct'.

Dates: 1778-05-29 - 1780-08
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Confirmed minutes, 1780 - 1801

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/6
Scope and Contents Minutes of Board of Longitude meetings regarding, among other matters, the rates of various chronometers; Charles Hutton's tables of products, powers and roots of natural numbers; the voyages of HMS 'Resolution' and HMS 'Discovery' and the examination of their log books; John Arnold's improvements to his watches; a suitable site for the Board of Longitude's instruments after the burning of the cupola of the Greenwich Hospital where they had been kept; improvements to reflecting telescopes;...
Dates: 1780 - 1801
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Daily log of time by the watch, 1776-06-11 - 1780-09-08

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/61/4: 1r-4v
Scope and Contents

Daily record of the time by the watch or timekeeper [Kendall’s K1] between 10 December 1779 and 8 September 1780, signed by William Bayly, John Gore and James Burney (or occasionally John Rickman). It includes a note by Bayly on first receiving the watch in June 1776 [RGO 14/61/4: 1r], occasional remarks concerning when it was carried on shore or stoppages, and a brief note on 4 September 1780 of ‘a fire in the cabin’ [RGO 14/61/4: 4v].

Dates: 1776-06-11 - 1780-09-08
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Letter from Nevil Maskelyne, 1782-08-12

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/16: 315-317
Scope and Contents

Regarding the observations made by William Bayly during the voyage of HMS Discovery.

Dates: 1782-08-12
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Series

Letter from William Gooch to his parents, 1791-06-09

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Mm.6.48: 34-35
Scope and Contents

Concerning his preparations for going abroad and attention paid to him by William Wales, including his advice on suitable clothing and on bringing items to trade for profit.

Dates: 1791-06-09
Conditions Governing Access: From the Collection: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Series

Letter from William Gooch to his parents, 1791-06-17

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Mm.6.48: 40-41
Scope and Contents

Concerning his salary, advice from William Wales on probable expenses during the voyage, his first meeting with Lieutenant Hergest, and his companions at sea.

Dates: 1791-06-17
Conditions Governing Access: From the Collection: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Letters regarding Captain J. Whidbey's claim for payment, 1797

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/12: 479-483
Scope and Contents

The claim was for astronomical work done while master of HMS 'Discovery' on its voyage of 1791-1795. It includes a list of places where the observatory was erected [RGO 14/12: 483v].

Dates: 1797
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Observations for finding the variation of the compass, 1776-06-18 - 1776-11-15

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/60: 8v-14r
Scope and Contents

Preceded by an explanation of the table [RGO 14/60: 8v] and signed by Captain Cook and James King.

Dates: 1776-06-18 - 1776-11-15
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Observations from Cook's last voyage, 1778-12-26 - 1780-08-18

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/61/1: 2r-37r
Scope and Contents Tabulated observations for the voyage, including records of the time by the watch or timekeeper, the apparent time, observed altitudes and lunar distances, estimates of latitude and longitude, magnetic variation, barometer and thermometer readings, and additional remarks. Reference is often made to the instruments used (including instruments by John Dollond, Jesse Ramsden, John Bird and Gowan Knight, and timekeepers by Larcum Kendall), and who made the observations (including Cook,...
Dates: 1778-12-26 - 1780-08-18
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Observations from Cook's last voyage, 1779-06-15 - 1780-08-26

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/61/3: 50r-100r
Scope and Contents Tabulated observations made by astronomer William Bayly. These include records of the time by the watch, apparent time, altitudes of the sun, moon and stars, observations of lunar distance, barometer and thermometer readings, estimates of latitude and longitude, and magnetic variation.Occasional remarks on the observations are included: for example, in [RGO 14/61/3: 57r] Bayly records that his instruments were taken on shore at Kamchatka, Russia, where observations were made from 26...
Dates: 1779-06-15 - 1780-08-26
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Observations made on a voyage, 1776-1777, 1776-08-02 - 1777-04-27

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/67: 71-80a
Scope and Contents Observations made on Captain Cook’s third voyage. Includes summarised daily entries providing the date, estimates of latitude and longitude, bearings and distance, variation of the compass, and thermometer readings, along with intermittent entries of astronomical calculations. The ship travelled via Madeira and via Port Praya in St. Iago towards the Cape of Good Hope, anchoring at Table Bay on 10 November 1776 [RGO 14/67: 76v]. There are no entries for December 1776 or January 1777....
Dates: 1776-08-02 - 1777-04-27
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Observations of equal altitudes of the sun, made with the astronomical quadrant, for finding the rate of the timekeeper [K1], 1776-10-24 - 1776-11-21

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/60: 14v-16v
Scope and Contents

Preceded by a note on setting up the observatory and on taking the observations [RGO 14/60: 14v] and followed by a table of comparisons of the timekeepers and clocks; signed by Captain Cook and James King. The remainder of the volume is blank.

Dates: 1776-10-24 - 1776-11-21
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Table of 'Days works and observations', 1776-07-16 - 1776-11-13

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/60: 4r-8r
Scope and Contents

Preceded by an explanation of the table [RGO 14/60: 5v] and signed by Captain Cook and James King.

Dates: 1776-07-16 - 1776-11-13
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).

Additional filters:

ARCHON code (for CUL materials)
Royal Greenwich Observatory (GBR/0180) 12
Archives and MSS Dept. (GBR/0012) 2
 
Subject
Atlantic Ocean 4
Cape of Good Hope 4
Alaska 3
Hawaii 3
Kamchatka 3

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