They had the Gulf Stream ...the Conveyor belt to aid them
Franklin noticed mail got to America two weeks later than it got to England
They were aware of the gulf stream
What year is this map dated? Would be interesting to compare where the Gulf stream is now compared to that older map. Last year and especially this year we have had a shift in position. This year instead of the usual position of brushing Newfoundland it has come about two hundred miles further south and instead of passing between Shetland and Greenland it is passing over the British Isles. Hence the wet summer.
Dang sorry I left the link out
it was in 1770
As deputy postmaster of the British American colonies, Benjamin Franklin became interested in the North Atlantic Ocean circulation patterns. In 1768, while in England, Franklin heard a curious complaint from the Colonial Board of Customs: Why did it take British packets several weeks longer to reach New York from England than it took an average American merchant ship to reach Newport, Rhode Island, despite the merchant ships leaving from London and having to sail down the River Thames and then the length of the English Channel before they sailed across the Atlantic, while the packets left from Falmouth in Cornwall?
Franklin asked his cousin Timothy Folger, a Nantucket whaling captain, for an answer and Folger explained that merchant ships routinely crossed the then-unnamed Gulf Stream—identifying it by whale behavior, measurement of the water's temperature and the speed of bubbles on its surface, and changes in the water's color—while the mail packet captains ran against it. Franklin worked with Folger and other experienced ship captains, learning enough to chart the Gulf Stream and giving it the name by which it is still known today. He offered this information to Anthony Todd, secretary of the British Post Office, but it was ignored by British sea captains.
Franklin's Gulf Stream chart was published in 1770 in England, where it was mostly ignored. Subsequent versions were printed in France in 1778 and the U.S. in 1786. It took many years for the British to follow Franklin's advice on navigating the current but once they did, they were able to gain two weeks in sailing time.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_Stream
Ben Franklin was a poly math like Da Vinci
guess what James
Benjamin Franklin was born on Milk Street, in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 17, 1706
January 17 is the day of Blue Apples at Rennes
Saints Roseline Saint Sulpicius and Saint Anthony
European discovery of the Gulf Stream dates to the 1513 expedition of Juan Ponce de León, after which it became widely used by Spanish ships sailing from the Caribbean to Spain.
A summary of Ponce de León's voyage log, on April 22, 1513, noted, "A current such that, although they had great wind, they could not proceed forward, but backward and it seems that they were proceeding well; at the end it was known that the current was more powerful than the wind." Its existence was also known to Peter Martyr d'Anghiera, and to Sir Humphrey Gilbert at that time.