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Entries for October, 1772-10-01 - 1772-10-30

 Item
Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/56: 21v-28v

Scope and Contents

Daily entries for October, travelling towards the Cape of Good Hope. A number of entries include measurements of lunar distances from the sun, Aquila and Aldebaran, along with resulting calculations of longitude. An entry for 5 October records that Arnold’s Watch No. 2 was losing considerable time and that the second hand was pausing for intervals of a few seconds [RGO 14/56: 22v]; estimations of longitude by timekeeper were thereafter recorded by Bayly in the log book based on Watch No. 1 alone. Entries from 14 October onward also record sightings of another ship and of signs of land (including large flocks of silver birds) on their approach to Cape Town. The entry for 30 October records their arrival in Table Bay.

Dates

  • 1772-10-01 - 1772-10-30

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Extent

6 folio(s) (6 ff.) : Paper

Language of Materials

English

Date information

DateText: there is no entry for 31 Oct..

Original geographic information

Cape of Good Hope [subject]

Original geographic information

Cape Town [subject]

Original geographic information

Table Bay [subject]

Finding aid date

2012-06-25 15:44:43+00:00

Repository Details

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