A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: John D. Howard
Date: 2019 Jan 9, 20:30 -0800
Ed, you said:
" Melvile only mentions Ahab in a navigation sense a couple of times. Seems strange to me. Yes, MD is about whales and one special one. But given the level of detail about the ship and crew and Ahab's behaviour, it's odd there was so little mention of how they know where they were going or searching."
I seem to remember that Melvile was a crew member on a whale ship but I don't think he was a ship's officer. So knowing about the working of the ship makes sence but navigation seems to be a close secret for the officers - you cannot mutiny with out knowing navigation!
Others on the list know much more about the working of 1800 th C. ships than I so if wrong, please say so.
John H. 41N 100W