In 1876 A. Légé & Co., 20 Cross Street, Hatton Gardens, London completed the first “tide calculating machine” for William Thomson (later Lord Kelvin) (ref).

The results were plotted on the paper cylinders, and one literally “turned the crank” to perform the calculations.

The tide calculating machine embodied ideas of Sir Isaac Newton, and Pierre-Simon Laplace (ref), and could predict tide driven water levels by the means of wheels and gears.

The question is: can modern data science tools quickly forecast tides to similar accuracy?