A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Frank Reed
Date: 2022 Sep 15, 10:20 -0700
There are two opportunities coming up to attend my popular workshop "Celestial Navigation in the Age of Sail". One of these is an on-site, in-person workshop at Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut scheduled for Saturday & Sunday, Oct 29-30. Yes, that's in-person, like in the before-time. Standard price per person for nine hours of class is $174 per person. NavList members can register for this (and any of my workshops) using discount code NX8767 which will get you a $25 discount. In addition to the weekend, in-person workshop, this class will also be offered the following Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Oct 31-Nov 2, as an online workshop, from 6:00pm-9:30pm Eastern US time (2200-0130 UT/GMT).
Register here for the in-person workshop at Mystic Seaport Museum, Oct 29-30.
You can also register via Mystic Seaport's website here at the same discounted price (no code needed), and museum members will get an additional discount.
Or Register for the online workshop, Oct 31-Nov 2.
If you have attended this workshop previously, you may repeat any number of times you wish (online only) for a modest "seat fee". Register at the repeat rate.
Not familiar with "Celestial Navigation in the Age of Sail"? This is 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. You'll learn how to take sights and work calculations, especially as done aboard Mystic Seaport Museum's premier exhibit vessel, the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan. Examining original logbooks and navigational calculations from its voyages, we apply these same methods to modern navigation.
In this class, you'll learn the essentials of using and adjusting sextants and octants. We'll learn the classic method of finding latitude by "Noon Sun". We'll also cover in detail the math of the "time sight" for finding longitude. Throughout, we will compare what we're doing with actual logbook entries and calculations in the collections of Mystic Seaport, bringing historical documents to life.
This is real navigation, not just a class "about" navigation. Fast and intense, students who complete this workshop will have the basic celestial navigation skills to cross any ocean using the Sun, a sextant, and a few other simple tools, drawn directly from the 19th century.
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