image MS_131_1
Image number: RS.16329
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Drawing of a fish from Bermuda

Date

1699-1700

Creator

Edmond Halley (1656-1742, British), Astronomer

Object type

Archive reference number

Manuscript page number

p1

Material

Dimensions

height (paper): 335mm
width (paper): 209mm

Subject

Biology
   > Zoology
      > Ichthyology

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > fish
nature

Description

Side view of an unidentified fish, inscribed above in pencil: 'A Fish Taken in the Latitude of 36 degrees NE 6N from Bermudas following an old mast overgrown with Barnacles.'

This is one of a set of sketches Edmond Halley made during his voyage to the South Atlantic as Captain of the Paramore (September 1699 to September 1700), which was tasked to take readings of the variations of the magnetic needle in the Atlantic Ocean to improve navigation (Alan H. Cook, Edmond Halley: Charting the Heavens and the Seas (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998), 256-91).

Halley arrived in the Bermudas in June 1700. See The Three Voyages of Edmond Halley in the Paramore, 1698-1701, ed. by J. Norman and W. Thrower, 2 vols (London: Hakluyt Society, 1981), I, 198-200.

On his return, Halley submitted his sketches to a meeting of the Royal Society on 6 November 1700. They were placed in the Repository.

Transcription

A Fish Taken in the Latitude of 36o
NE 6N from Bermudas following an old
mast overgrown with Barnacles
Transcribed by the Making Visible project

Object history

At the meeting of the Royal Society on 6 November 1700, '[Captain Halley] produced several sketches of fishes, and of the Batavian Islands, for which he was thanked, and the sketches ordered to be put into the Repository. The fishes were of two sorts of flying fish &c.' (JBO/10/198).

Related Fellows

Edmond Halley (1656-1742, British), Astronomer

Associated place