More on Mr Barnacle

Group photo of the members of the 1874 Transit of Venus expedition to Hawaii
I came across this wonderfully evocative photo of the Transit of Venus astronomers in an old copy of The Hawaiian Journal of History. Barnacle is the chap sprawled at the front.

I also found another entry in the journal of the expedition leader, Capt Tupman:

Nov 1. … Mr. Barnacle is apparently out of his mind. Nothing will induce him to discontinue playing the same tune over and over again on the piano forte. I doubt if I ought to send him back to England immediately, as it is almost impossible to get any work of him & no faith can be placed in anything he says …

It just shows how untrustworthy ‘official’ histories can be.

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