Reference numberCLP/4i/39
TitlePaper, 'An account of a hurricane in which the polarity of the needle was changed', communicated by Sir Isaac Newton
DescriptionOn July 24 1681, the ship called the Albemarle, of which Mr Edward Lad was then Master, being a hundred leagues from Cape Cod [USA], in Latitude 48d. about 3h. p. m. met with a thunder storm; the lightning burnt the main-top-sail, split the main cap in pieces, rent the mast all along; There was in special one dreadful clap of thunder, in report bigger then of a great gun, at which all the ships company were amazed, then did there fall something from the clouds, upon the stern of the boat, which broke into many small parts, split one of the pumps ; the other pump much hurt also. It was a bituminous matter, smelling much like fired gun-powder: It continued burning in the stern of the boat; they did with sticks dissipate it, and poured much water on it, and yet they were not able by all that they could do, to extinguish it, until such time as all the matter was consumed.

Subject: Meteorology / Magnetism

Published in Philosophical Transactions as 'A relation of the effect of a thunder clap on the compass of a Ship on the coast of New England'

Read to the Royal Society on 12 March 1683. The account was originally communicated by Mr Robert Southwell.
Physical descriptionInk on paper
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Access statusOpen
Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rstl.1684.0014
See JBO/7 (12 March 1683) for notice of receipt of the original letter, sent by Mr Robert Southwell
See LBO/9/129 for a transcript of Mr Southwell's letter
Fellows associated with this archive
NA8282Southwell; Sir; Robert (1635 - 1702); diplomat and government official1635 - 1702
NA8414Newton; Sir; Isaac (1642 - 1727); natural philosopher and mathematician1642 - 1727
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