Gooch, William, c1770 - 1792 (astronomer)
Found in 77 Collections and/or Records:
Concerning his salary, advice from William Wales on probable expenses during the voyage, his first meeting with Lieutenant Hergest, and his companions at sea.
Concerning a visit by Mr Hankinson; thanking his mother for writing to him; requesting stockings and breeches; and listing some of his provisions for the voyage.
Concerning the time of the ship's departure, and describing the companions with whom he would associate during the voyage.
Dated from Deal on route to Portsmouth, describing the Daedalus ship, the passage from Gravesend, and his friendship with Lieutenant Hergest, with mention of Hergest's entertaining accounts of places visited with Captain Cook. Gooch also discusses his attachment to Miss Smithson.
Written from the Downs, giving a detailed inventory of the books, instruments and other belongings in his cabin; describing an accident in which a timekeeper by Earnshaw was broken by a cat [Mm.6.48: 56v]; and discussing their probable route.
Describing their arrival at Portsmouth where he met Mrs and Miss Smithson. The letter begins with a drawing of a ship at sail.
Continuing his account of the ship's arrival into Portsmouth and describing a meeting with Mrs and Miss Smithson. The letter includes a silhouette of Rev. R. Belward of Caius College, Cambridge.
Concerning a delay at Portsmouth and his concerns that the ship would be obliged to sail without Mr Pitts who had been sent to London with the damaged watch by Earnshaw.
Stating that the ship was obliged to turn back to Portsmouth due to a change of wind, and giving other news.
Concerning further delays, his need for more money to pay the expenses of his equipment, and letters to Miss Smithson, his 'little Goody Two-Shoes'.
Written on the first part of the voyage at sea and concluding at Tenerife. The letter includes a description of a storm encountered in the Bay of Biscay and mention of his plans to make Captain New's son and Mr Pitts computers of his observations.
Written at sea, describing the 'crossing the line' ceremony performed upon crossing the equator and their touching at St. Iago (Cape Verde Islands), with a drawing of a woman of that island. Gooch also mentions his plan to publish a history of the voyage upon his return.
Written on the departure of the Daedalus from Rio de Janeiro, with mention of taking down his observatory and of his disappointment at observing in bad weather.
Written as the ship left Rio de Janeiro, concerning journal entries he had sent to Miss Smithson.
Providing a short account of their passage to the Falkland Islands and a heavy storm encountered there.
Describing their passage to the Marquesas Islands, interaction with local islanders, and a solar eclipse observed there. The letter is partly written in Greek script.
Letters, Memoranda, and Journal, containing the History of Mr William Gooch [Fellow of Caius College], Astronomer of the Daedalus Transport, 1786 - 1835
Lists of instruments, equipment and books loaned to William Gooch on a voyage to the north-west coast of America, 1791
Papers regarding the loan and return of instruments belonging to the Board of Longitude and concerning persons entitled to receive Board publications.
Concerning arrangements to meet.
Thanking him for forwarding a letter from his son.
Concerning dreams he had had that his son was still alive.
Astronomical observations and calculations made by William Gooch during the voyage of the Daedalus.
- ARCHON code (for CUL materials)
- Archives and MSS Dept. (GBR/0012) 71
- Royal Greenwich Observatory (GBR/0180) 6
- Archival Object 76
- Collection 1
- Brockdish 51
- Greenwich 19
- Cambridge 11
- Portsmouth 8
- Rio de Janeiro 7
- Astronomy 4
- Falkland Islands 4
- Geographical exploration 4
- London 4
- Marine navigation 4
- Marquises, Îles 4
- Nootka Sound 4
- Tenerife 4
- Hawaii 3
- Hawaiian Islands 3
- Holborn 3
- North Pacific Ocean 3
- São Tiago 3
- Africa 1
- Anthropology 1
- Australia 1
- Biscay, Bay of 1
- Brazil 1
- Chile 1
- Deal 1
- Deptford 1
- Derbyshire 1
- Gravesend 1
- Isle of Wight 1
- Kealakekua Bay 1
- Lanzarote 1
- Longitude 1
- North America 1
- Oahu 1
- Petersham 1
- Saint Helens 1
- Santa Cruz de Tenerife 1
- Slavery 1
- Slaves 1
- South America 1
- The Downs 1
- Time measuring instruments 1
- Warwickshire 1
- Yarmouth 1 ∧ less