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October 2019

Celestial Navigation in the Age of Sail

October 5 - October 6

A fast-paced introductory workshop in the history and the actual techniques of celestial navigation as it was practiced aboard American vessels in the Age of Sail. We'll learn how to take sights and work calculations, especially as done aboard Mystic Seaport Museum's premier vessel, the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan. Examining original logbooks and navigational calculations from its voyages, we'll apply these same methods to modern navigation. In this class, we'll learn how to use and adjust sextants and octants,…

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November 2019

Modern Celestial Navigation

November 2 - November 3
Plath Sextant, 1930

A fast-paced introduction to celestial navigation from a 21st century perspective.

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