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The prizes were to be awarded to the first person to demonstrate a practical method for determining the longitude of a ship at sea.

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Retrieved from ” https: Harrison spent four decades perfecting a watch that would earn him compensation from Parliament although not the prize established by the Longitude Act of thanks to the recognition and influence of King George III of England. A rise or fall in barometer pressure, or the subtle variations in the Earth’s gravity from one latitude to another, could also cause a clock to gain or lose time. Everything means all types of entertainment. Britain was not alone in the desire to solve the problem.

Behind John Harrison stands his pendulum clock while his H4 watch lies to his right on the table. The two clock times enable the navigator sovel convert the hour difference into geographical separation.

Holland added to the effort with a prize offered in It was charged with, among a range of scientific activities, the improvement of maps and sailing charts and advancement of the science of navigation.

Most diverse digital catalogueFind everything you are looking for music, movies, books and games, from timelessclassics to the newest blockbusters. Normal changes of temperature encountered en route from a cold country of origin to a tropical trade zone thinned or thickened a clock’s lubricating oil and made its metal parts expand or contract with equally disastrous results.


A stable surface to work from, known coordinates to refer to, a sheltered environment for the unstable chronometers of the day, and the ability to repeat determinations over time made for great accuracy. Navigating purely by latitude was of course vulnerable if the sun was clouded over at noon, and caused problems as it prevented ships from taking the most direct route, a great circleor a route with the most favourable winds and currents, extending voyages by days or even weeks.

DAVA SOBEL, Longitudine, Milano, Rizzoli, 1996, 153 pp. Lit. 22.000.

This increased the likelihood of short rations, [5] scurvy or starvation leading to poor health or even death for members of the crew and resultant risk to the ship. Every day at sea, when the navigator resets his ship’s clock to local noon when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky, and then consults the home port clock, every hour’s discrepancy between them translates lognitudine another fifteen degrees of longitude.

View in Fullscreen Report. Views Read Edit View history. In order to deal with not being able to calculate longitude, captains would sail to the known latitude of their destination, and follow the line of constant latitude home.

Webarchive template wayback links Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from October Longitudins Adult Library Services Association. Published in Penguin Books This was referred to as giving the crew short rationsshort allowance or petty warrant. Create your own flipbook. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Before the 18th century ocean navigators could not find an accurate way of determining longitude. We believe in all experiences and all perspectives. By bringing all entertainment togetherinto one product, we are able longitudind provide a huge variety of titles for cheaper – and aservice that is truly worth paying for.


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However, since Polaris is not precisely at the pole, it can only provide accurate information if the precise time is known or many lognitudine are made over time, which made developing an accurate chronometer for long ocean voyages even more vital. And so each hour’s time difference between the ship and starting point marks a progress of fifteen degrees of longitude to the east or west. Reprinted by arrangement with Walker and Company. We believe in new technology and new devices which create a moreintimate and seamless connection between people and their entertainment.

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Due to the international effort in solving the problem and the scale of the enterprise, it represents one of the largest scientific endeavours in history. This was known as running down a westing if westbound, or easting if longitudiine.

A practical solution came from a gifted carpenter, John Harrison, who solved one of the most difficult problems of his time by creating an accurate chronometer. Unlimited means no restrictions andendless possibilities.

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