Navigation Through the Ages
by Donald Launer
Reviewed in SAILING February 2010:
The author's earliest sailing experiences were in the 1950s, when electronic navigation was in its infancy, and since then he has kept apace with all the advances that have turned what was always regarded as an art, even a mystery, into a science. That, and an insatiable interest in the tools and methods of the ancient mariners, combine to make him something of an authority on the subject - navigation through the ages.
Starting with the early seafarers and concepts of latitude and longitude, the author moves on to the Middle Ages, and chapters follow on what he terms 'the age of discovery', the electronic age, navigation and the environment and emergency signalling.
The text is not only interesting, but easily readable, and there are line drawings and illustrations to help readers envisage some of the tools and methods used.
Price: - available on request -
Book ID (for ordering): 2575