A Different Kind of Longitude: The Metrology of Location by Geodesy

@inproceedings{Kershaw2015ADK,
  title={A Different Kind of Longitude: The Metrology of Location by Geodesy},
  author={Michael Kershaw},
  year={2015}
}
  • Michael Kershaw
  • Published 2015
  • Geography
  • Histories of longitude often start with descriptions of maritime disasters that have been ascribed to the problem of finding longitude at sea. One much-cited example is that of the unfortunate Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell, who perished in 1707 along with at least 1,400 of his men. Several of his fleet’s ships struck rocks off the Isles of Scilly on the way home, in a costly failure of navigation. But a historical emphasis on the difficulties of onboard navigation can distract our attention… CONTINUE READING

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