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Longitude Legends: Captain Bligh

Bligh and the Bounty In 1787, Lieutenant William Bligh, Cook’s sailing master on his third voyage, took command of the Bounty for a Pacific expedition. Its aim was to transplant breadfruit from Tahiti to feed enslaved people forced to work on West Indian plantations. Larcum Kendall’s second marine timekeeper, K2, was…

Guest post: Eccentric ideas for the discovery of Longitude

This week’s guest post comes from Tom Gurling, part of our Visitor Experience team. Various ideas had been proposed for centuries which claimed to offer a solution to the problem of discovering one’s longitude at sea. However, following the passing of the 1714 Act of Longitude and the potential award…

Longitude Legends: James Cook

This week’s longitude legend is Captain James Cook, who features in not just one but two exhibitions currently on at Royal Museums Greenwich. The Art & Science of Exploration, 1768-1780 in The Queen’s House displays the exceptional paintings, prints and drawings by specially commissioned artists on Captain Cook’s 18th-century voyages…

Longitude Legends: Nevil Maskelyne

This week’s Longitude Legend is one of my favourite characters from the longitude story: Nevil Maskelyne. He was played by Samuel West against Michael Gambon’s John Harrison in the TV miniseries Longitude, based on Dava Sobel’s book Longitude : the story of how a lone genius solved the greatest scientific problem of…