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    Re: Polynesian navigation
    From: Greg Rudzinski
    Date: 2009 Jun 5, 20:53 -0700

    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,  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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