For reference, visit the web pages for the previous two Navigation Weekends:
The Treworgy Planetarium at Mystic Seaport in conjunction with the "NavList" online community is pleased to announce the third biennial "Navigation Weekend" devoted to preserving the art and practice of celestial navigation and nautical astronomy, to be held at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut Friday and Saturday, June 4,5, 2010. This year, by popular demand, most of the principal presentations and activities are scheduled for Saturday (see below). No presentations are scheduled for Sunday, June 6, though we have left it open as a rain date for sextant sights.
In an era where most navigation at sea is done by GPS and other electronic means, a vibrant community of historians and enthusiasts preserve the art of using the Sun and Moon and the stars and planets to navigate across the globe. Celestial navigation enthusiasts and practitioners as well as professional and private historians of science will be meeting to discuss the history and future of celestial navigation. Many participants in the "Navigation Weekend" are members of the "NavList" online discussion group which is committed to traditional methods of navigation and position-finding (information page for NavList: www.fer3.com/NavList).
The "Navigation Weekend" will include special presentations and demonstrations by invited speakers on historical navigation methods including the "method of lunars" or "lunar distances" which was once the epitome of the navigator's art. Aspects of sextant use and adjustment will also be discussed, and there will be opportunities to take sights from nearby coastal locations using historic navigational instruments. This year we will also be focusing on aerial celestial navigation including a presentation by Gary Lapook on the celestial navigation issues during the fated final flight of Amelia Earhart in 1937.
The fee for attendance for the entire Navigation Weekend is $10 for Mystic Seaport Members and those who have paid full admission to the museum; $35 for those who are not members or have not paid admission. Presenters and members of the press are exempt from the attendance fee. Please email Frank Reed at FrankReed@HistoricalAtlas.com to confirm your attendance. Also note, we are still open for presentations for the Navigation Weekend. Please contact Frank Reed if you would like us to consider your topic for presentation.
|SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:|
FRIDAY June 4, 2010:
SATURDAY June 5, 2010: EARLY MORNING SIGHTS
SATURDAY June 5, 2010: MAIN PRESENTATIONS
SUNDAY June 6, 2010
No Events Planned.
GETTING TO MYSTIC:
Mystic Seaport is located in southeastern Connecticut. You'll note that it's very close to Interstate-95, the major east coast highway. I-95 west of New Haven (which is about an hour west of Mystic) can be a driving nightmare, so I'll start with options to the east. Boston, Mass. is about an hour and half away by car. It's an easy drive, also an easy train trip (about two hours, see amtrak.com), and of course it's a wonderful travel destination all by itself. Many international flights fly into Boston's Logan airport. About 40 minutes away by car is T.F. Green airport south of Providence, Rhode Island. This is an extremely convenient airport, relatively uncrowded with numerous inexpensive flights. Southwest flies here. We recommend renting a car, but if you prefer not to, we can arrange rides.
There are also sometimes inexpensive flights into Bradley, the airport north of Hartford, Connecticut. This is about an hour and a quarter from Mystic. This is an international airport.
If you decide you want to visit New York City or you simply prefer flying into New York, LaGuardia airport, JFK, and Newark have many flights. The driving from New York is tough, to say the least. It's possible to take the train direct from Manhattan to Mystic or New London (about three hours, see amtrak.com). From the small train station in Mystic, it's an easy half-mile walk to the museum.
Mystic itself is a great place to visit. If you haven't been to this area before, you may want to spend an extra day or two. In addition to Mystic Seaport Museum, the first nuclear submarine, Nautilus, is the center of the Submarine Museum a few miles away (only a small section of the submarine is open to visitors so that alone is maybe less interesting than it sounds). There are two enormous casinos about ten miles away with interesting entertainment options, some very good restaurants, and of course gambling, if that's your thing. And in general, Mystic, Noank, and Stonington are genuinely quaint New England seaside villages.
For lodgings, there are many unremarkable but pleasant motels near the highway about half a mile north of Mystic Seaport, a couple of nice B&Bs and smaller hotels closer to the center of town about half a mile south of Mystic Seaport, and if you rent a car, plenty of other choices within ten miles. The casinos have big, fancy hotels. When we held this event two years ago, there seemed to be a "center of gravity" of folks staying near the highway.
Legal disclaimer: Mystic Seaport, Frank Reed, and other participants in the Navigation Weekend cannot guarantee any of the events, activities, or participants in the Celestial Navigation Weekend. All events and activities are subject to change at any time. Participants are responsible for their own travel, food, accomodations, and other expenses. All other activities at Mystic Seaport require museum admission or membership.
URL for this page: www.fer3.com/Mystic2010