Maps and More: The History of Longitude
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EST
Tampa Bay History Center
801 Old Water St.
Tampa, FL 33602
Follow the travails of an unknown ‘commoner,’ John Harrison, a clockmaker who worked for nearly 50 years to win a national prize for the discovery that changed navigation forever – longitude.
Competitors ranged from individuals with ‘royal connections,’ all the way to ‘longitude lunatics’. Ultimately, Harrison’s successful efforts were stolen and given to his rivals. Only now is his genius recognized around the world as the foundation of all modern navigation.
A retired Navy captain, presenter Peter Damisch is a world traveler, master sailor and writer whose work has been featured in various national publications and media outlets.