US NAVAL OBSERVATORY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY US NAVAL OBSERVATORY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Navigation encyclopaedia. Frontispiece to Nathaniel Bowditch's navigation encyclopaedia The New American Practical Navigator. This first edition was published in 1802 and was a valuable handbook on piloting, celestial and electronic navigating, oceanography and meteorology. It contained useful nautical charts and mathematical tables, along with a maritime glossary. It also contained an account of a voyage from the USA to Madeira to exemplify the rules of navigation outlined in it.
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