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Bubble Sextant

Maritime Museum of BC This object might look familiar if you have done celestial navigation, using angular measurements between celestial bodies like the sun and the horizon. This is a sextant. It is a bit different than the ones mariners use, because this one is for...

Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra Oil Painting

Maritime Museum of BC This oil painting is of Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra. it was painted in 1940 by Julio Garcia Condoy, and was added to the Museum’s collection in 1958. Bodega y Quadra is probably best known for his encounters with Captain George...

Dirk and Scabbard

Maritime Museum of BC, 0072 A naval midshipman’s dirk and scabbard. A dirk is a type of bladed weapon, quite similar to a dagger or sword. It’s kind of in between the two. For a naval midshipman, it would have been more of a ceremonial object. The scabbard...

Joseph Banks’ Globe

  Joseph Banks’ Globe This is a beautifully detailed globe from 1807, which was made for the Royal Society in London and dedicated to Sir Joseph Banks, its president. Banks was a botanist on Captain Cook’s first voyage, and we can actually see Cook’s...

Barograph

Maritime Museum of BC, 2019.010.0001 Here is an antique working barograph, known as “The Prip.” This was used by sailors to help chart changes in atmospheric pressure.This would help them avoid storms, and know when storms were coming. Connected to a...