A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
Re: Life on the Ocean
From: Brad Morris
Date: 2019 Jan 14, 16:13 -0500
I agree! The proximity of the other instruments is what drove my response. It should contain something related to navigation. Yet I do not think it contains a theodolite, as they were stored in wooden boxes. A book would not have a special case, just like a slate would not have one. I'm just a little surprised the octant is stored the way it is. We've all seen the special boxes.
The case just looks like an ordinary ditty bag to me. What the modern day metropolitan would call a gym bag.
I had in mind that form would suggest function and it might actually be some sort of standard for what ever it was. It's seems unlikely that semi-circular shape is purely decorative and it's not very practical for storing Ethiopics. It appears to have hinged flat sides and is stored in close proximity to an octant and telescope. I had considered plotting tools including maybe a large protractor, possibly a pelorus or theodolite. An officer's hat box seems less likely,
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