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Keeping Time

Log book of H.M.S. Resolution

Log book of H.M.S. Resolution "bound on discoveries towards the South Pole"
MS RGO.14/58

Time for Navigation

This log of the voyage of H.M.S. Resolution was kept by the astronomer aboard, William Wales. Wales was also a cartographer and his maps of the islands discovered by Cook are some of the first to bear the longitude as found by marine chronometer. In the log the entries for longitude `D.R.' are by dead reckoning; `K.' by Kendall's chronometer. Shown is the drawing of Norfolk Island on which the printed plate is based.