Captain Cook, Royal Navy, Middlesbrough discussed on Start the Week

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And he's setting off in this tiny two hms endeavor which is an old kosher for kolia and particularly in the first voyage he had very very little technical help in terms of where he was going tell us a little bit about how he knew where he was at any one point right yes well he had none of the gadgets in casemates we have today no way of contacting and apart from bilateral which could take months even years to get back depending on what ships they bumped into but it was all all dependent on kind of locating by latinos and the stars by luggage on the first bridge they didn't have the chronometer which was say important for for measuring longitude they had to rely on the lunar distancing methods by kind of looking at the stars and measuring using kind sections up to to create the angle but with the instruction of the chronometer made an awful lot easier basically the chronometer just keeps a constant time from the destination so they knew where they were under cook himself came from fairly humble origins taught himself astronomy trigonometry tell us a little bit about his journey before he was actually captain cook say he yes he was came from very humble origins middlesbrough a was educated is far those a farm labor so he basically began his education really in the royal navy he'd served on coach ships going up and down for mucosal to london and then he joins the navy at quieter advanced age really enjoying seven years war he went out which is where he learned to survey to create charts and he will say was really interested in strana me he wrote a paper on that for the society on your exhibition has fantastic drawings and beautiful maps i mean really extraordinarily accurate and beautiful maps they did at the time but also drawings of people they discovered an animal the very first european picture of a kangaroo for instances there and also some extraordinary drawings by a polynesian.

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