Benjamin Franklin's Map of the Gulf Stream

Benjamin Franklin's Map of the Gulf Stream
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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? 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 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. 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. [SOURCE: Wikipedia Commons]
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