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    Re: Translation question
    From: Robert Gainer
    Date: 2006 May 15, 11:21 -0400

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    Robert Gainer
    > From: Oliv 
    > Date: 2006/05/15 Mon AM 10:59:28 EDT
    > Subject: Translation question
    > I am facing a translation question about an ancient navigation
    > instrument, it looks like on this picture:
    > http://www.compensation-compas.com/renard.jpg
    > 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,
    > etc
    > Would anyone know how this instrumnet is called in English?
    > Thanks in advance,
    > - Olivier

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