Kōrero: Timekeeping

Chronometer

Chronometer

Navigators calculated longitude by measuring the difference between their local noon and noon in Greenwich, England. So to stay on course they needed precise timekeeping. In the second half of the 18th century, ships began carrying chronometers, which kept time very accurately. Captain James Cook carried four on his second voyage to New Zealand in 1772–75. This example in the Museum of Wellington City and Sea is dated from about 1820.

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Museum of Wellington City and Sea
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Jock Phillips, 'Timekeeping - Time past', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/object/6680/chronometer (accessed 21 October 2019)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 12 Jun 2006