Sounding in silence: men, machines and the changing environment of naval discipline, 1796–1815

@article{Poskett2014SoundingIS,
  title={Sounding in silence: men, machines and the changing environment of naval discipline, 1796–1815},
  author={James Poskett},
  journal={The British Journal for the History of Science},
  year={2014},
  volume={48},
  pages={213 - 232}
}
  • James Poskett
  • Published 2014
  • Medicine, History
  • The British Journal for the History of Science
Abstract Logbooks and sea charts may appear rather straightforward evidence to present at a naval court martial. However, their introduction into proceedings in the early nineteenth century reveals an important shift. Measuring the depth of water soon became a problem both of navigation and of discipline. Indeed, Captain Newcomb's knowledge of the soundings taken at the Battle of the Basque Roads proved crucial at Lord Gambier's court martial in June 1809. Through a case study of Edward Massey… Expand
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