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Mayflower ashore on the banks of the Thames in 1624, being broken for parts. Dr Mike Haywood (used with the kind permission of The General Society of Mayflower Descendants)

Mayflower 400: the science of sailing across the ocean in 1620

When a shipload of puritan colonisers set sail for the New World, maritime science and navigation were fairly unsophisticated.
Time will tell when it comes to finding longitude. Greenwich time, that is. Flickr: nicksarebi

The longitude problem: how we figured out where we are

Right now if you want to know where you are, your smartphone map will tell you instantly. But these technologies only exist because of the efforts of 18th century geographers, explorers, astronomers and…

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