Monthly Archives: August 2015

An English friend of mine drew my attention why I am apparently so fond of Mediterranean islands … I am not sure if this is quite the case but here are few lines of the poem he suggested I should read … If it form the one landscape that we, the inconstant ones,
Are consistently homesick for, this is chiefly
Because it dissolves in water.  From In Praise Of Limestone by W.H.Auden

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Star charting chronometer used by John Herchel at the Cape of Good Hope. He used this chronometer to time the passage of stars over his 20 foot reflector.

Star charting

This chronometer was used on HMS Active at the battle of Jutland in 1916 in order to achieve highly accurate timekeeping in coordinating big fleets in the battle.


This chronometer  came from Queen Victoria’s yacht Victoria and Albert III brought into Observatory for safe keeping during the World War I.


In 1819 this chronometer went with Captain William Parry on his expedition in HMS Hecla to discover the North-West passage.