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Image number: RS.16183
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Ascension Island




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

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height (Page): 351mm
width (Page): 229mm


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Profile (as viewed from the sea) of Ascension Island, now part of the British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. Marginal drawing at the point of the voyage dated 25 May 1669 with details of the island’s size and orientation.

Drawing from the papers of Robert Boyle.


The accompanying section of voyage reads: ‘At 9 of the Clock this morning had sight of Island Ascension bearing N N wL. abt 6 in the Evening we anchord in the Roade in 10 Fathom finding there small Pincks that come from Ginny.’
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

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