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Champlain's Astrolabe

Champlain's Astrolabe

Photo by contributor Albert Joseph - Posted August, 2011

Champlain's Astrolabe

Photo by contributor Brian Bockus - Posted May, 2017

Plaque Location

The County of Renfrew
The Township of Whitewater Region
On Highway 17 at a pull off on the east side of the highway
4.2 km south of the intersection of
Highway 17 and Main Street (Road 8) in Cobden

Coordinates: N 45 35.933 W 76 50.666


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Plaque Text

Nearby was found in 1867 by Edward George Lee an astrolabe bearing the date 1603. This instrument, used for determining latitude, is believed to have been lost by Champlain about 7th June, 1613, on his exploratory expedition up the Ottawa River.

Related Ontario plaques
Champlain in Ontario, 1615
Champlain's Journey of 1613
Champlain's War Party, 1615
Samuel de Champlain (died in 1635)
Gateway to Huronia

Related Toronto plaque
Samuel de Champlain's Journeys Through Ontario



Whitewater Region Plaques

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> Posted July 5, 2014
My grandfather Edward Mau and father Allan Mau constructed this monument circa 1950 when my father was about 13 years old.

> Posted August 29, 2012
Thanks for providing the image of the astrolabe monument, a great part of Canadian history.

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