Timekeeping in Norwegian Whalers
Posted by: John Gibson
Date: November 05, 2001 08:11PM
Further to my request yesterday for information about the Thorshavn, I'd like to ask about time keeping in Norwegian whaling fleets in the 1930s. My interest stems from a study of the role of Norwegians in Antarctic discovery, in which the Thorshavn played a considerable role. In the Dagbok of the Thorhavn, which is held in Sandefjord, it is recorded that the ship's clock was regularly put forward or back by significant amounts - 20 - 35 minutes. The Thorshavn was one of many ships in the area - the mother ship was the Ole Wegger, which I see from these pages had an interesting life later on! I'd like to know why the Thorshavn would have been changing time so much. It does not appear to be directly related to the ship's position, nor do I believe that a chronometer could be that bad.
Does anyone have any ideas?