But if you only have two chronometers
, how can you tell which has gone wrong?
Some are known to you, such as the thermometer, which gives the internal temperature of the Nautilus; the barometer, which indicates the weight of the air and foretells the changes of the weather; the hygrometer, which marks the dryness of the atmosphere; the storm-glass, the contents of which, by decomposing, announce the approach of tempests; the compass, which guides my course; the sextant, which shows the latitude by the altitude of the sun; chronometers
, by which I calculate the longitude; and glasses for day and night, which I use to examine the points of the horizon, when the Nautilus rises to the surface of the waves.
The instruments provided for the journey consisted of two barometers, two thermometers, two compasses, a sextant, two chronometers
, an artificial horizon, and an altazimuth, to throw out the height of distant and inaccessible objects.
The silence was profound; but it seemed full of noiseless phantoms, of things sorrowful, shadowy, and mute, in whose invisible presence the firm, pulsating beat of the two ship's chronometers
ticking off steadily the seconds of Greenwich Time seemed to me a protection and a relief.
marked twenty minutes past ten P.
His pure tight skin was an excellent fit; and closely wrapped up in it, and embalmed with inner health and strength, like a revivified Egyptian, this Starbuck seemed prepared to endure for long ages to come, and to endure always, as now; for be it Polar snow or torrid sun, like a patent chronometer
, his interior vitality was warranted to do well in all climates.
Seen in the various phases of his daily life, he gave the idea of being perfectly well-balanced, as exactly regulated as a Leroy chronometer
Something seems to have gone wrong either with our calculations or the chronometer
," I said.
The sextant and chronometer
had both been broken beyond repair, and they had been broken just this very night.
It was, in truth, as impossible for him to take a flight of fancy as it would be for a watchmaker to put together a chronometer
with nothing except a two-pound hammer and a whip-saw in the way of tools.
A reddish flash at the edge, the slightest projection of the outline just as the chronometer
struck midnight; and at that I told Ogilvy and he took my place.
A glimmer of gold shone out from between the fingers, and on opening them up, there was the Admiral's chronometer