Sunday, March 26, 2023

Explore detailed logbook information for individual sailing ships as they navigated the globe on G&M’s new web mapping application for the Climatological Database of the World’s Oceans (1750-1850)

Climatological Database for the World's Oceans, 1750-1850 (CLIWOC)
Application created by: Tim St. Onge and Meagan Snow, 
Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress 

The Climatological Database for the World's Oceans, 1750-1850 (CLIWOC) (LCCN: 2020449236) was a 2001-2003 European Union-funded research project involving a large international team of researchers and organizations.

The resulting database, containing comprehensive weather observations and voyage details, is an invaluable resource for the study of climate and maritime history.
The Library of Congress digitally acquired a copy of CLIWOC in 2018.
The Climatological Database for the World's Oceans (CLIWOC) represents the culmination of a major project funded by the European Union, and pursued by a large team of researchers in organizations and universities around the world.
The database consists of 287,114 logbooks written aboard Dutch, English, French, and Spanish sailing ships.
The vast majority of these logbooks date from between 1750 and 1850, yet four ship logbooks were incorporated that predate 1750.
These were centuries of European imperial expansion, and so the logbooks record the activities of sailors - both civilian and military - in oceans that span the entire globe."
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