Articles | Volume 9, issue 1
Review article
31 May 2018
Review article |  | 31 May 2018

The tidal measurements of James Cook during the voyage of the Endeavour

Philip L. Woodworth and Glen H. Rowe

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This paper discusses the quality of James Cook’s tidal measurements during the voyage of the Endeavour. We conclude that his measurements were accurate in general to about 0.5 ft in height and 30 min in time. They were good enough (or unique enough) to be included in global compilations of tidal information in the 18th century and were used in the 19th century in the construction of the first worldwide tidal atlases. They support Cook’s reputation as a good observer of the environment.