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Tent replica

Astronomical and navigational instruments

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Collection Astronomical and navigational instruments
User collections Captain Cook's Third Voyage by NMMCollections
William Wales by NMMCollections
Captain Cook's Second Voyage by NMMCollections
Gallery locationNot on display
EventsTransit of Venus, 1874

Object details:

Object ID AST1015
Description A replica of the tent used as a portable observatory on James Cook's first voyage to the Pacific, a voyage that included the observation of the Transit of Venus of 1769 from Tahiti. This replica was made for a museum exhibition in 1969. It is shown here with apparatus similar to what James Cook and his astronomer Charles Green might have used to view the transit. Green was a former employee of the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
Date made 1969

Artist/Maker Parker, S.
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials wood; canvas
Measurements Overall: 2134 x 2032 mm;Weight: 65 kg
  • Tent replica (AST1015)
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