Posts Tagged: Captain James Cook

Tahiti, Samuel Wallis, Joseph Banks, Captain James Cook, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

On this day in 1769…

  Several days after returning to Tahiti from Mo‘orea following the 3 June transit of Venus, the Endeavour’s naturalist Joseph Banks took a walk in the woods, as he often did. While some of the men already suspected that another

Tahiti, Samuel Wallis, Joseph Banks, Captain James Cook, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

On this day in 1769…

  Several days after returning to Tahiti from Mo‘orea following the 3 June transit of Venus, the Endeavour’s naturalist Joseph Banks took a walk in the woods, as he often did. While some of the men already suspected that another

Joseph Banks, transit of Venus, Tahiti, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell

On this day in 1769…

Captain James Cook, the Endeavour’s astronomer Charles Green and the rest of the men employed in observing the transit of Venus woke to fine weather and a clear view of the rare celestial event they’d traveled so far to see.

Joseph Banks, transit of Venus, Tahiti, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell

On this day in 1769…

Captain James Cook, the Endeavour’s astronomer Charles Green and the rest of the men employed in observing the transit of Venus woke to fine weather and a clear view of the rare celestial event they’d traveled so far to see.

The Great Southern Continent, Terra Australis, Cook's secret instructions, transit of Venus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Hints, secrets and the great unknown

With only a few days to go before the transit of Venus – the reason James Cook and his men voyaged to Tahiti in 1769 aboard the Endeavour – the captain was determined to do everything to ensure the operation

The Great Southern Continent, Terra Australis, Cook's secret instructions, transit of Venus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Hints, secrets and the great unknown

With only a few days to go before the transit of Venus – the reason James Cook and his men voyaged to Tahiti in 1769 aboard the Endeavour – the captain was determined to do everything to ensure the operation

astronomy, transit of Venus, John Bird, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell

Historical astronomical apparatus of the day

A quadrant, such as the one above, measures the altitude of celestial objects and was one of the key pieces of equipment the astronomer Charles Green needed to observe the transit of Venus from Tahiti in 1769. Used in combination

astronomy, transit of Venus, John Bird, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell

Historical astronomical apparatus of the day

A quadrant, such as the one above, measures the altitude of celestial objects and was one of the key pieces of equipment the astronomer Charles Green needed to observe the transit of Venus from Tahiti in 1769. Used in combination

Anne de Lenclos, courtesan, Joseph Banks, Ninon de l'Enclos, Tahiti, Oberea, Purea, Queen of Tahiti, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

The Coquette Avenged

Ninon de l’Enclos is a relatively obscure figure in the English-speaking world, but is much better known in France where her name is synonymous with wit and beauty. While this may be the case today, a generation after her death

Anne de Lenclos, courtesan, Joseph Banks, Ninon de l'Enclos, Tahiti, Oberea, Purea, Queen of Tahiti, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

The Coquette Avenged

Ninon de l’Enclos is a relatively obscure figure in the English-speaking world, but is much better known in France where her name is synonymous with wit and beauty. While this may be the case today, a generation after her death

astronomy, transit of Venus, James Short, Captain Cook, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical astronomical apparatus of the day

The Gregorian telescope is a type of reflecting telescope designed by Scottish mathematician and astronomer James Gregory in the 17th century, and first built in 1673 by Robert Hooke. The design pre-dates the first practical reflecting telescope, the Newtonian telescope,

astronomy, transit of Venus, James Short, Captain Cook, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical astronomical apparatus of the day

The Gregorian telescope is a type of reflecting telescope designed by Scottish mathematician and astronomer James Gregory in the 17th century, and first built in 1673 by Robert Hooke. The design pre-dates the first practical reflecting telescope, the Newtonian telescope,

Captain Cook, Joseph Banks, Venus, Pan, satyr, mythology, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

The goat that sailed the world

In case you missed it, last weekend marked the annual John DeGroot Australian Goat Racing Cup, which takes place each year in the outback Queensland town of Barcaldine to coincide with Labour Day celebrations. This year’s winner, a goat by

Captain Cook, Joseph Banks, Venus, Pan, satyr, mythology, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

The goat that sailed the world

In case you missed it, last weekend marked the annual John DeGroot Australian Goat Racing Cup, which takes place each year in the outback Queensland town of Barcaldine to coincide with Labour Day celebrations. This year’s winner, a goat by

The Prince of Nassau-Siegen, Tahiti, Bougainville, Venus, transit of Venus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell

A prince in Tahiti

After almost a month on Tahiti, Captain Cook and his men were still unaware that since the first British voyage to the island two years earlier, other visitors had been. As relations between the foreigners and the natives began to

The Prince of Nassau-Siegen, Tahiti, Bougainville, Venus, transit of Venus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell

A prince in Tahiti

After almost a month on Tahiti, Captain Cook and his men were still unaware that since the first British voyage to the island two years earlier, other visitors had been. As relations between the foreigners and the natives began to

transit of Venus, Venus, Tahiti, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

The transit of Venus – an alternative view

The above satirical cartoon was published by Robert Sayer & Co of Fleet Street, London and dated 16 December 1793. “Titled ‘Viewing the Transit of Venus’, the caption is a play-on-words with respect to astronomy. A gentleman looks through his

transit of Venus, Venus, Tahiti, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

The transit of Venus – an alternative view

The above satirical cartoon was published by Robert Sayer & Co of Fleet Street, London and dated 16 December 1793. “Titled ‘Viewing the Transit of Venus’, the caption is a play-on-words with respect to astronomy. A gentleman looks through his

Venus, transit of Venus, Tahiti, Joseph Banks, Captain Cook, florilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell

A security breach at Fort Venus

On May 1, 1769, Captain Cook declared Fort Venus secure enough to bring the Endeavour’s most valuable cargo ashore Tahiti – an astronomical quadrant from the acclaimed mathematical instrument maker John Bird. A quadrant measures the latitude of celestial objects

Venus, transit of Venus, Tahiti, Joseph Banks, Captain Cook, florilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell

A security breach at Fort Venus

On May 1, 1769, Captain Cook declared Fort Venus secure enough to bring the Endeavour’s most valuable cargo ashore Tahiti – an astronomical quadrant from the acclaimed mathematical instrument maker John Bird. A quadrant measures the latitude of celestial objects