The first proper report concerning its use on board a ship stems from the Darwin Expedition in 1831-1836. On 27th December 1831, Charles Darwin set off in the three-masted bark “HMS Beagle” under the command of Captain Fitzroy (the future Admiral of the Fleet), who throughout his career at sea and on land used the Stormglass.
Fitzroy was also a meteorologist and later became director of the British Meteorological Office. He wrote the famous “Weather Book” popularising the art of forecasting the weather and communicating it to the general population.
The Stormglass is a reliable barometer which predicts the weather by the formation and changes of fernlike crystals in the fluid filled tube. Everybody who has one will consult it daily to see what the weather is going to do in the next 24 hours or so!
There is no doubt that the Stormglass works. However, to date nobody has been able to provide a scientific explanation as to exactly why. Admiral Fitzroy, believed that it was down to static electricity in the fields around us. A revolutionary thought at the time!
• Solid brass housing
• Wall/bulkhead mountable
• Height: 145mm