Globe opposition raises eyebrows

Re: Francis Drake globe could help rewrite history of B.C. (News, Aug. 15)

Re: Francis Drake globe could help rewrite history of B.C. (News, Aug. 15)

In the early 18th century, England was flexing its muscle as an emerging world power. The foundation of this island nation’s might and income rested upon its maritime supremacy.

Yet the increased trade and expanding navy of the British Empire were threatened by the uncertainty of oceangoing navigation.

Securing prize money from the Board of Longitude proved as hard for John Harrison as creating his legendary marine chronometer, partly due to powerful opposition from royal astronomer Nevil Maskelyne and a rival for the prize.

Ultimately, King George III had to intervene on Harrison’s behalf to procure his rightful winnings.

It could be argued Maskelyne’s denial of the merits of Harrison’s chronometers set the search for simplifying longitude back a hundred years. The same could be said of the ne’er-do-wells opposing the publication of Sam Bawlf’s findings as you reported.

Bill Irvine

Saanich

 

 

Just Posted

VIDEO: RCMP officer killed in the line of duty remembered ‘through the laughter of children’

Sarah Beckett Memorial Playground opens with ceremony in Langford

B.C. police watchdog investigating high-speed crash in Victoria

Police watchdog called in after dramatic early morning crash at Bay and Douglas intersection

NCAA basketball comes to UVic this fall

Eight-team tournament features top university women’s basketball teams Nov. 28-30

Westhills Stadium launches expanded stadium with ceremony, excitement

expanded stadium accommodates 6,000 spectators

VIDEO: B.C. woman meets biological mother, 38 years later

Mother never gave up hope of finding daughter, despite all the obstacles

B.C. Lions fall to 1-9 after 13-10 loss to Ticats

Lowly Leos have dropped six straight CFL contests

VIDEO: B.C. woman meets biological mother, 38 years later

Mother never gave up hope of finding daughter, despite all the obstacles

B.C. man who died after rescuing swimmer was known for helping others

Shaun Nugent described as a dad, a coach, a hero and ‘stand-up guy’ at celebration of life

B.C. RCMP plane chases fleeing helicopter as part of major cross-border drug bust

The helicopter eventually landed at a rural property near Chilliwack

Vancouver Island man dead after reported hit-and-run incident

Oceanside RCMP seek public’s help gathering information

Thousands cycle to conquer cancer

The 11th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer took place Saturday morning, Aug. 24 in Surrey, B.C.

PHOTOS: Brazil military begins operations to fight Amazon fires

Amazon fires have become a global issue, escalating tensions between Brazil and European countries

Racist confrontation in Richmond parking lot caught on camera

Woman can be heard yelling racial slurs, swear words at woman in apparent parking dispute

Most Read