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Old Dominion NAWCC Chapter 34


Sunday, April 8, 2018

Meeting Location

Fort Magruder Inn and Conference Center
6945 Pocahontas Trail  •  Williamsburg, Virginia

The meeting and luncheon will be held in Hill’s and McClellan’s rooms on the front (street side) of the hotel.

10:30 AM Exhibit Opens
  Mart Opens
11:15 AM Program Part I
12:00 Noon Luncheon
Following Lunch Business Meeting
  Program Part II

The Clock that Changed the World

An Internet based Program

The Clock That Changed the World

John Harrison (April 3, 1693 –March 24, 1776) was a self-educated English carpenter and clockmaker who invented a marine chronometer, a long-sought-after device for solving the problem of calculating longitude while at sea. His solution revolutionized navigation and greatly increased the safety of long-distance sea travel. The problem he solved was considered so important following the Sicily naval disaster of 1707 that the British Parliament offered financial rewards of up to £20,000 (equivalent to £2.89 million today--$3,958,388 US Dollar) under the 1714 Longitude Act.  Harrison came 39th in the BBC's 2002 public poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. 

Of international scientific importance, the Harrison Clock is only one of only three precision pendulum clocks made by John Harrison and instrumental in solving the Longitude problem. The clock was made in 1727 with an amazing fully working wooden mechanism. Plans are in place to display it as part of an interpretive display at Leeds City

A video, narrated by Adam Hart-Davis, presents a historical perspective on “the clock that changed the world”, will be used to present a pictorial of the chronological development of the clock including the actual design and recreation of the clock’s mechanical innovations.   Jim Wynne will give additional insight into the Harrison clock development. 


Program #2

Share with the membership your latest – let us know about your ongoing projects, share the latest adventures in your horological pursuits, and don’t forget to bring an item(s) for the Exhibit.


Previous Programs

Richard Robinson, President
James Wynne, Vice President
Judy Draucker, Secretary Contact Judy
Janet L. Tyler- Treasurer

Future Meeting Dates

February 10, 2019 April 14, 2019
June 10, 2018 August 12, 2018
October 14, 2018 December 9, 2018



CHAPTER 34 HISTORY 1954 - 1984