Narrative of a Voyage to the Southern Atlantic Ocean, in the Years 1828, 29, 30, Performed in HM Sloop Chanticleer: Volume 2

Narrative of a Voyage to the Southern Atlantic Ocean, in the Years 1828, 29, 30, Performed in HM Sloop Chanticleer: Volume 2 : Under the Command of the Late Captain Henry Foster

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W. H. B. Webster (1793-1875) studied medicine and surgery in London, and in 1815 signed up to serve in the Royal Navy as an assistant surgeon. Because it was peacetime, however, he did not secure a position until 1828, when he was posted as ship's surgeon on the South Atlantic scientific mission of HMS Chanticleer under Captain Henry Foster (1796-1831), a Fellow of the Royal Society with extensive experience of surveying expeditions. Published in 1834, this is Webster's two-volume account of the Chanticleer voyage, the objectives of which included work on longitudes, and carrying out gravity pendulum experiments at various latitudes to attempt more accurate calculation of the shape of the earth. Volume 2 describes Central America and Panama, where, after successfully completing longitude measurements using rockets, Captain Foster tragically drowned. The second half of the volume summarises the scientific observations made during the voyage, and contains the cumulative index.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 map
  • 1139152084
  • 9781139152082

Table of contents

1. Climate of Ascension; 2. Sail for Fernando Noronha; 3. Leave Fernando Noronha; 4. Visit a convent; 5. Proceed to Para; 6. Departure from Para; 7. Healthiness of Trinidad; 8. Departure from Trinidad; 9. Lieutenant Austin despatched to seek rocket stations; 10. Return of Lieutenant Austin and his party; 11. The rockets not seen; 12. Official report of the foregoing event from Acting Commander Austin to the Hydrographer of the Admiralty; Appendix; Index.show more