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    Re: Polynesian navigation
    From: John Huth
    Date: 2009 Jun 6, 08:49 -0400
    The discussion in Latitude Hooks and Azimuth Rings is a bit sketchy and doesn't reference a source directly.

    I don't recall anything on this point in David Lewis' book "We the Navigators"   If there's a good primary reference, that would be helpful.   I'm curious about it. 

    On Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 11:53 PM, Greg Rudzinski <gregrudzinski---.com> wrote:

    Frank,

    A book titled LATITUDE HOOKS AND AZIMUTH RINGS discusses the
    Polynesian latitude hook which was made of split bamboo and twine.
    This is a kamal like device going back to as early as 800 AD if the
    book has its facts right

    Greg.

    On Jun 5, 8:25 pm, <frankr...{at}HistoricalAtlas.com> wrote:
    > 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.
    >
    > -FER



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