John Harrison’s longcase pendulum clock, c.1726
In the 17th and 18th century knowing your longitude was the biggest problem on earth. Navigating the seas for warfare and trade was risky. A country's future safety and wealth could depend on knowing your position at sea.
John Harrison (1693-1776) invented the portable sea clock to solve this problem. To make his sea clock, Harrison needed an accurate regulator clock, so he made his own. He invented the grasshopper escapement to improve the accuracy of timekeeping
- Currently on display in:
- A time-eating clock – a story of invention
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