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Image number: RS.16182
Credit: ©The Royal Society

St Helena

Date

1669-1670

Creator

William Whitethorne (fl. 1660-1670s, British), Traveller

Object type

Archive reference number

Manuscript page number

p227v

Material

Dimensions

height (Page): 346mm
width (Page): 229mm

Subject

Content object

nature
   > landscape

Description

Profile (as viewed from the sea) of the island of St Helena, now part of the British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. Marginal drawing at the point of the voyage dated 29 April 1669 with details of the island’s size and orientation.

Drawing from the papers of Robert Boyle.

Transcription

The accompanying section of voyage reads: ‘At Sun Rising had sight of the Island St Helena bearing by compass…at 4 this afternoon we anchored in the Roade in 14 fathom water.’
Transcribed by the Making Visible project

Object history

The figure appears within a journal of a voyage to and from India by William Whitethorne, headed: ‘An Abstract taken out of my Journall, when we sailed fro[m] Place to Place, & likewise when we crossed the Tropicks & Aequinoctiall, out & home, & when we made the Land & anchored, & likewise the time of the stay.’

Related Fellows

Robert Boyle (1627-1691, British), Natural philosopher

Associated place

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