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    Re: Sextant Terms
    From: Nicol�s de Hilster
    Date: 2007 Oct 24, 09:51 +0200

    Frank Reed wrote:
    >Many other navigation cultures take their
    >lead from English. But is the same true in 
    >other cultures with a long history of 
    >navigation science?
    I am not sure about this for the 19th and 20th century, but I do know that the 
    Dutch used Dutch terms in the 16th-18th century. If I look at the instruments 
    I am researching I find the following:
    Cross-staff - graadboog
    Davis quadrant - Engels quadrant
    Mirror-staff (never found this actually in English literature) - spiegelboog
    Demi-cross - no Dutch term exists, but also never found the English term in 
    Dutch literature (as far as I know it was a Dutch invention based on John 
    Davis' 45 degree backstaff).
    As far as I can remember from period literature the Dutch did not use any 
    English vocabulary, even for the other instruments as a chip log and 
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