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Sea legs: nineteenth century seamanship

Two books on the web to get you up to speed. “Text-Book of Seamanship, 1891, is an updated age of sail textbook at the beginning of the true transition of warships from sail to steam power.” It is provided by the Historic Naval Ships Association. The other is provided by the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.

The American Practical Navigator, first published in 1802, was billed as the “epitome of navigation” by its original author, Nathaniel Bowditch. The text has evolved with the advances in navigation practices since that first issue and continues to serve as a valuable reference for marine navigation in the modern day.”

Richard Henry Dana’s book is also available at the Gutenberg project. There are others you can find if you search but be careful, the free offerings are often teasers to more expensive items.


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