Welcome to the NavList Message Boards.


A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding

Compose Your Message

Add Images & Files
    Re: Cape Belsham
    From: Robin Stuart
    Date: 2017 Feb 10, 13:34 -0800

    In a prior post I provided this information from "Shackleton's Boat Journey".


    “[24th April] Immediately after breakfast the sun came out obligingly. The first sunny day with a clear enough horizon for rating my chronometer.*

    * This English chronometer, an excellent one of Smith’s was the sole survivor, in good going order, of the twenty-four we set out with in the Endurance. [Author’s Note]” p.101

    Here's additional reference to the chronometer during their overland trek on South Georgia.

    “What the others carried I forget – I carried two compasses, binoculars, food, and the Alpine rope, besides the chronometer, with which I navigated the boat.” p.191

    “Sir Earnest asked me for the time. It was 6:55. He said  'We’ll listen for the whaling station’s whistle.’” p. 206

    This raises the question. Why would he be have carried the chronometer and not left it at the camp with the other three members of the party if an alternative timepiece was available? (Maybe it was broken, lost, heavier or unreliable)

    I find it striking that the impression is given in the popular literature that Harrison built H5 and it was all over but it's clear that even in the early 20th century chronometers weren't that reliable and required lots of care and feeding. The Endurance started out with 24 on board!!!!

    Browse Files

    Drop Files


    What is NavList?

    Join NavList

    (please, no nicknames or handles)
    Do you want to receive all group messages by email?
    Yes No

    You can also join by posting. Your first on-topic post automatically makes you a member.

    Posting Code

    Enter the email address associated with your NavList messages. Your posting code will be emailed to you immediately.

    Email Settings

    Posting Code:

    Custom Index

    Start date: (yyyymm dd)
    End date: (yyyymm dd)

    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site