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John Harrison's second marine timekeeper, H2.
|John Harrison's second marine timekeeper, H2.|
|© National Maritime Museum, London|
|Repro ID: D6784_1|
|Description: Made between 1737 and 1739, the H2 is a larger and more solidly built version of H1, with the additional refinement of a remontoire, a device to ensure the drive to the two balances is as uniform as possible. It is probable that Harrison, who had moved to London by this time, had some help in making parts of H2. Because he discovered a design fault with its balances, Harrison never allowed H2 to be tested at sea. He kept it running at his house for many years until, in 1766, it was taken from him.|
|Creator: John Harrison.|
|Credit line: Hydrographer of the Navy|