Franklin and another man named Timothy Folger mapped out the Gulf Stream for the first time.
Intrigued by how storms move,, during his first time crossing the Atlantic in 1724, he continuously checked the water’s temperature, color, and types of seaweed. In what we now call the Gulf Stream, the water was 20 degrees warmer, and he correctly assumed that this “stream” was a warm channel of water pushing through the Atlantic.
Developing this theory, he theorized many concepts for its use, such as using the Gulf Stream’s current to speed up voyages.
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