National Maritime Museum Manuscripts : Observations taken in the Mediterranean

National Maritime Museum Manuscripts

<p>The period in which <a href='/search?keyword=George%20Fisher'>George Fisher</a> produced this volume saw him serving in the Mediterranean and around Lisbon. Fisher was at first on board the <a href='/search?keyword=Spartiate'> <i>Spartiate</i> </a>, from 1827 to 1830, after which he was reappointed to the <a href='/search?keyword=Asia'> <i>Asia</i> </a> on which he served till the following year. This is the penultimate phase of Fisher's service, his final being in Portsmouth aboard HMS <a href='/search?keyword=Victory'> <i>Victory</i> </a> after which he retired from the <a href='/search?keyword=Navy'>Navy</a> in 1833.</p> <p>This volume is a practical navigation workbook; working out latitudes and lunar observations [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(34);return false;'>32</a>] during his time aboard the Spartiate and Asia whilst in the Mediterranean. There are also occasional ratings of chronometers [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(42);return false;'>40</a>] recorded, but there is very little text in the volume which suggests that this was very much a practical volume for navigational work compared with others found in the collection that reflect Fisher's more theoretical work and ambitions. There is one example of some slightly more theoretical work when Fisher makes some observations [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(26);return false;'>24</a>] at <a href='/search?keyword=Malta'>Malta</a> of various objects on the horizon and their apparent movement. Fisher also established a latitude for Mount Vesuvius [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(52);return false;'>50</a>] whilst in the waters around <a href='/search?keyword=Naples'>Naples</a> and then later a latitude for Mount Etna [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(64);return false;'>62</a>].</p> <p>Sophie Waring<br />History and Philosophy of Science<br />University of Cambridge<br /> </p>


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