Author Results for E.G.R. Taylor

A Reward for the Longitude

By E.G.R. Taylor

  A Welsh physician, Zachariah Williams, was one of several who believed that longitude could be found by knowing how magnetic compass variation changed with time and place. He came to London soon after the longitude prize was announced and began working on tables of predicted variation, assisted by his daughter Anna. However, it had […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

Instructions to a Colonial Surveyor in 1582

By E.G.R. Taylor

The Englishman’s ideal of a good sailor was one of a good “coaster”. A man who knew the tides, the landmarks, the shoals, currents and “dangers” and who could take his ship into every harbour by soundings of depth and ground. But these “old ancient rules” were totally inadequate once ocean exploration commenced. England in […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Early Modern)
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

The Seaman’s Bookshelf on the Eve of the Restoration

By E.G.R. Taylor

In 1656 William London, bookseller to Newcastle, published an interesting Catalogue of his books in stock, classified in sections. The navigation list demonstrates the level of knowledge in Nautical Sciences at that time. In total there are thirteen books. The catalogue appeared one century after many English mathematicians, whose names and short biographies are listed, […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

More Light on Drake 1577-80

By E.G.R. Taylor

There were previously several gaps in the understanding of Drake’s famous voyage around the world in the Penguin from 1577-80. These included the identity of the promoters of the voyage, its original purpose and the conduct and integrity of John Winter, who sailed, with Drake, in the Elizabeth. In fact the promoters were the members […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Tudors | Francis Drake | Pacific
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Science & Exploration

Master John Dee, Drake and the Straits of Anian

By E.G.R. Taylor

Dee’s association with the leaders of each successive voyage openly for the discovery of a new passage to Cathay has hardly been accorded its due weight. Abundant evidence of the close relationship between John Dee and Queen Elizabeth and her counsellors is to be found in the Compendious Rehearsal of John Dee, Nov. 9th, 1592. […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Francis Drake | Other (location)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Science & Exploration | Strategy & Diplomacy