Chronometer from the Fishing Ship Archer, ca. 1863

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


This chronometer was salvaged from the fishing ship Archer in 1863.

The chronometer is a precise timekeeper. Because of the motion of the ship, and extreme fluctuations of temperature and humidity at sea, common mechanical clocks could not keep accurate time. An Englishman, John Harrison, invented the chronometer in the 1730s.

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About This Item

  • Title: Chronometer from the Fishing Ship Archer, ca. 1863
  • Creator: Eggert & Son
  • Creation Date: circa 1850
  • Subject Date: circa 1850
  • Media: Brass, glass, wood
  • Local Code: 4220
  • Object Type: Physical Object

For more information about this item, contact:

Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x219

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