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    Translation question
    From: Olivier Le Diouris
    Date: 2006 May 15, 07:59 -0700

    I am facing a translation question about an ancient navigation
    instrument, it looks like on this picture:
    In French, it's called "renard", that means "fox" in English.
    As you can see on the picture, it represents the compass' rose, and in
    each direction, the branches of the rose are drilled by small holes,
    where wooden pins can fit.
    There is also (not really visible on the picture) another area where
    pins can fit, to represent the speed of the boat.
    It was used as follow. The driver had an hourglass beside him, and
    everytime it was empty, it was to be turned upside down, a pin was added
    in the direction that had been followed during the previous watch, and
    another one to describe the speed the boat had during that watch.
    Than, after some time, the navigator came by the "renard", and could
    have a good idea of the dead reckoning, reading it like that:
     From 00:00 to 04:00, traveled at 6 knots in the NNW.
     From 04:00 to 08:00, traveled a 6.5 knots in the NW,
    Would anyone know how this instrumnet is called in English?
    Thanks in advance,
    - Olivier

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