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Navigation

Bldg. 76 


Navigation:  Pathfinding on the Seas
Title: Navigation: Pathfinding on the Seas

 

The word navigation is from a Latin phrase meaning "to drive a ship." Sailors use a combination of three techniques to navigate: maps and charts, a compass, and celestial navigation.

This exhibit explains each of these techniques and showcases navigational devices, such as quadrants, sextants, compasses, chronometers, and charts.

Interesting artifacts in the Navigation exhibit include:

Published: Mon Mar 04 10:06:41 EST 2019