A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Francis Upchurch
Date: 2016 Apr 27, 06:38 -0700
I read the Outermost House (great book) about 10 years ago, but had forgotten that wonderful piece about the sun.
I also like the more recent piece from our very own David Barrie, in his poetic book "Sextant" . The final paragraph is a beautiful song of praise for the miracle of it all.
Being a keen lunatic, I also like Slocum's famous hymn to the work of the lunarian as.
"..beautifully edifying, and there is nothing in the realm of navigation that lifts one's heart up more in adoration."
Finally, Dava Sobel's "Longitude" is full of little gems. I like chapter 9 about the Hands on Heaven's clock. She beautifully compares the wonders of the clock of the heavens with the mechanical miracle of Harrison's H4, which appears almost to have squeezed a condensed version of the heavens into a tiny silver, ticking box.