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William Dawes: Practical Astronomy on the"First Fleet"from England to Australia

@inproceedings{Grijs2021WilliamDP,
  title={William Dawes: Practical Astronomy on the"First Fleet"from England to Australia},
  author={R. Grijs and A. Jacob},
  year={2021}
}
On 13 May 1787, a convict fleet of 11 ships left Portsmouth, England, on a 24,000 km, 8month-long voyage to New South Wales. The voyage would take the ‘First Fleet’ under Captain Arthur Phillip via Tenerife (Canary Islands), the port of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Table Bay at the southern extremity of the African continent and the southernmost cape of present-day Tasmania to their destination of Botany Bay. Given the navigation tools available at the time and the small size of the convoy’s ships… Expand

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