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Re: Transcription of Worsley's Log
From: Brad Morris
Date: 2009 Mar 17, 18:19 -0700

Hi George

I have calculated the chronometer error for Point Wild.  While not a
substantial difference for the result from Cape Belsham, it continues show
that Worsley had injected an error from the start.

From Navigational chart 29104 "King George Island to Clarence Island", I
determined the location of Point Wild to be Latitude South 61 degress 6
minutes and 15 seconds, Longitude West 54 degrees 52 minutes 12 seconds.
Point Wild is clearly marked on the chart.  I took the northernmost tip to be
Worsley's location.

With this location, we can solve for the chronometer error by injecting the
correct latitude, altitude and chronometer value to solve for the correct
longitude.

The value I obtain is 13 minutes 21.2 seconds.  Since Worsley would not have
been able to distinguish 0.2 seconds, lets call it 13 minutes 21 seconds
even.  Compare this to 13 minutes 28.5 seconds for Cape Belsham, about 1 mile
away.

Further, compare this to Worsley's value of 11 minutes 55 seconds.
Subtracting 11-55 from 13-21 yields 1 minute 26 seconds.  At 8.27 seconds per
mile, he thinks he is about 11 miles further to the east than he really is.

That disagrees with my earlier posting on miles, wherein I in-advertently
added in a minute due to poor arithmetic skills.

Best Regards
Brad

Best Regards
Brad

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