When I was a primary school teacher here in Australia part of the curriculum to be taught was poetry. I tried to link the subjects I taught, and when teaching Australian history, the discovery of Australia and the role of Captain Cook I found a poem that linked to that very subject.
The book is one from the Little Black Book of Books and this is part of what was written about it:
“Written simply and directly Sobel’s book was an astonishing worldwide publishing phenomenon. As such it was widely imitated, inaugurating a new style of popular narrative history and biography which was generally focused upon science or a cultural artifact.”
The book tells the story of the work John Harrison undertook in the mid 18th Century to discover a way to accurately measure longitude at sea. The story is one of drive. He never gave up and his story is certainly an interesting one.
Even though the poem only mentions chronometers by Arnold and Kendal, both watches not being trustworthy, it was Cook who vouched for the reliability of Harrison’s chronometers when he took them on his voyages.