A piece of history from HMS Beagle

A two-day marine chronometer from HMS Beagle is expected to fetch £30,000 to £50,000 when it goes under the hammer in London tomorrow.

8th June, 2014
A marine chronometer from HMS Beagle.

A two-day marine chronometer from HMS Beagle is expected to fetch £30,000 to £50,000 when it goes under the hammer in London tomorrow.

From the dawn of time, seafarers relied on clear skies and complex astronomical calculations to navigate their way over the oceans. In 1714, £20,000 was offered as a reward for whoever could develop a means by which longitude could accurately be measured.

The winning design was the marine chronometer, a device that allowed...

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