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Posted: 12/31/2001 6:58:52 AM EDT
OK with the GPS probably nobody even cares any more..but Here is one guy that didn't need Dick Clark's Rocking New Year's Eve show to tell him when its midnight. I got interested in him after watching the show 'Longitude', which portrayed his quest for a 20,000 pound prize set up by the British Parliament for the person who could design a marine timekeeper capable of determining correct Latitude at sea to within 0.5 degrees. Sailor of the day (1700's) had a big problem.. they kept crashing their ships into stuff because they didn't know where they were at sea. [whacko] His most famous design, which finally did win the prize is his "H4" timepiece. It looks like a large pocket watch. Here is a link if you are interested. [url]www.rog.nmm.ac.uk/museum/harrison/h4.html[/url] In 1759, at sea for 2 months, this clock kept time to within 5 seconds. On land, over a 10 week period, it kept time to within 4.5 seconds. Happy New Year everybody [beer]
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