Scientists hope 18th century weather data will throw new light on climate change

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A new UK project is digitising nearly 300 Royal Navy captains' logs from voyages dating back to the 1760s.

They include the voyages of Charles Darwin on HMS Beagle, Captain Cook's log from HMS Discovery and Captain Bligh's journal from The Bounty.

The logbooks will be available on the National Archives website next year.

But scientists are already transcribing the data as part of a project led by the University of Sunderland.

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