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The chronometer used during the open boat journey from Elephant Island to South Georg

A chronometer is a very accurate watch, used for navigation. This chronometer was used by Worsley during the open boat journey, aboard James Caird, from Elephant Island to South Georgia in 1916.

The voyage of the James Caird from Elephant Island to South Georgia remains one of the greatest boat journeys ever accomplished. Worsley’s skill in navigating is remarkable. Using only a sextant and chronometer they reached the safety of King Haakon Bay in South Georgia on 10 May 1916 and saved the lives of the men stranded on Elephant island.

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