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    Re: Polynesian navigation
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2009 Jun 5, 20:25 -0700

    Greg, you wrote:
    "The Polynesians did have a version of the kamal which was a straw with a loop 
    on top. A set of straws was made by the navigator while he was on a given 
    island for a set of star transits. When a return trip to a given island was 
    done then the designated straw and star combination was used to arrive at the 
    correct latitude then go east or west from there."
    Does anyone know what the historical evidence is for these? Did early European 
    explorers see such devices in use? Also, a "straw"? That sounds awfully 
    flimsy for such a task. 
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