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Log entries for January, 1773-01-01 - 1773-01-30

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Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/58: 16v-24

Scope and Contents

Daily log entries for January, crossing the Antarctic Circle on 17 January with the Adventure still in company. The entries include observations on ice-islands seen and on the difficulty of navigating in such conditions: ‘the rigging is so encumbered with ice that it is with the utmost difficulty the ship is worked’ [RGO 14/58: 16v]. An entry for 8 January reports that boats were sent out to collect a cargo of ice for drinking water, which Wales describes as ‘more precious to us than gold’ [RGO 14/58: 18]. Wales also reports on his equipment, recording that on 22 January he had placed a thermometer near each of the timekeepers, which were kept on each side of the cabin, in case the fire in the cabin affected their accuracy [RGO 14/58: 21v], while on 29-30 January he mentions having problems with his marine barometer [RGO 14/58: 23v].

Dates

  • 1773-01-01 - 1773-01-30

Conditions Governing Access

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Extent

9 folio(s) (9 ff.) : Paper

Language of Materials

English

Original geographic information

Antarctica [subject]

Original geographic information

Southern Ocean [subject]

Finding aid date

2012-05-11 14:41:58+00:00

Repository Details

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