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: A lunar eclipse in 1844
    From: Kieran Kelly
    Date: 2005 Jan 1, 15:38 +1100

    Frank Reed wrote of a disappointed mariner awaiting a lunar eclipse in 1844. Bad weather, eclipses and disappointment must have gone hand in hand for those who depended on the sky to determine where they were. I quote the following:


    “5th April 1856……At 2.10pm encamped on a large creek with a gravelly channel twenty yards wide. Fahey obtained a large quantity of mussels from the pools in the creek; they proved an excellent addition to our supper, though rather deficient in flavour. The weather was cloudy, and though there was an occasional sight of the sun, we could observe neither the commencement or end of the solar eclipse. I was therefore unable to avail myself of it for correcting the longitude.


    Latitude by ε Argus 17 degs 9 mins 6 secs


    Journal of Augustus Gregory

    North Australian Expedition 1856


    The use of eclipses to correct chronometers, on both land and sea, may have been more prevalent then we think.


    Kieran Kelly


    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