A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Position-Finding
From: Paul Hirose
Date: 2010 May 11, 10:42 -0700
While reading "Dreadnought" by Robert K. Massie, I came across this passage in the chapter on Jacky Fisher: [quote] Then, on July 12, 1856, he was promoted from cadet to midshipman and embarked in the 21-gun steam corvette Highflyer. At fifteen, he was about to enter five colorful years on the China Station. Highflyer's captain was Charles F. A. Shadwell, whom Fisher later described as "about the greatest saint on earth... His sole desire for fame was to do good, and he requested that when he died he should be buried under an apple tree so that people might say, 'God bless old Shadwell!' He never flogged a man in his life." Shadwell was fascinated by astronomy, had published works on the subject, and, in consequence, had been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. Alone with this unusual interest among naval officers on the China Station, he seized the opportunity to pass it along to this lively midshipman. "He was always teaching me in his own cabin," Fisher remembered. "I could predict eclipses and occultations and play with the differential calculus through him." [end quote] The name sounded familiar, so I searched for him at the ADS site. Yes! Shadwell has several works to his name: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph-abs_connect?db_key=AST&db_key=PRE&qform=AST&arxiv_sel=astro-ph&arxiv_sel=cond-mat&arxiv_sel=cs&arxiv_sel=gr-qc&arxiv_sel=hep-ex&arxiv_sel=hep-lat&arxiv_sel=hep-ph&arxiv_sel=hep-th&arxiv_sel=math&arxiv_sel=math-ph&arxiv_sel=nlin&arxiv_sel=nucl-ex&arxiv_sel=nucl-th&arxiv_sel=physics&arxiv_sel=quant-ph&arxiv_sel=q-bio&sim_query=YES&ned_query=YES&adsobj_query=YES&aut_logic=OR&obj_logic=OR&author=Shadwell&object=&start_mon=1&start_year=1830&end_mon=12&end_year=1886&ttl_logic=OR&title=&txt_logic=OR&text=&nr_to_return=200&start_nr=1&jou_pick=ALL&ref_stems=&data_and=ALL&group_and=ALL&start_entry_day=&start_entry_mon=&start_entry_year=&end_entry_day=&end_entry_mon=&end_entry_year=&min_score=&sort=SCORE&data_type=SHORT&aut_syn=YES&ttl_syn=YES&txt_syn=YES&aut_wt=1.0&obj_wt=1.0&ttl_wt=0.3&txt_wt=3.0&aut_wgt=YES&obj_wgt=YES&ttl_wgt=YES&txt_wgt=YES&ttl_sco=YES&txt_sco=YES&version=1 One document not on the list is the review of "Notes on the management of chronometers and the measurement of meridian distances" that appeared in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1855: http://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph-iarticle_query?bibcode=%3f%3f%3f%3fMNRAS..15&db_key=GEN&page_ind=195&data_type=GIF&type=SCREEN_VIEW&classic=YES The book itself has been scanned and is online at archive.org, along with the book on latitude by simultaneous altitudes and the tables for the prediction of occultations and eclipses. I suppose he taught Jacky Fisher how to use those tables. http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=creator%3A%28shadwell%20charles%29 A summary of Shadwell's career is here: http://www.pdavis.nl/ShowBiog.php?id=88 Regarding the wound that left him lame, Massie says it was a musket ball in the foot. He had to endure an agonizing operation without anesthetic, afterward remarking, "Well, Fisher! I am afraid I made a great deal of noise this morning." -- I filter out messages with attachments or HTML.