One O'Clock Gun

History of the Nelson Monument time ball

1772 - Captain Cook R.N.

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Longitude had to calculated with 100% accuracy as the slightest error could result in ships ending up miles off course. Captain Cook takes a chronometer based on John Harrison's design when he sets off on his second Pacific voyage.
 

H.M.S. Resolution

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Originally designed to carry coal, H.M.S. Resolution was fitted with the most up to date navigational equipment for the voyage. She was also fitted with twelve light 6 pounders and twelve swivel guns. Illustration by John Thomson.
 

H.M.S. Resolution

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H.M.S. Resolution and H.M.S. Adventure, Matavi Bay, Tahiti. Painting by William Hodges.
 
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