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Lost at Sea

Tools for Navigation: Ships and Captains, cont'd


Simon Stevin. Havenvending. English. London, 1599

This translation of Simon Stevin’s Dutch treatise on navigation was done by the English map-maker Edward Wright. Wright and Stevin were both mathematicians more than sailors, but this table, which continues onto the next page, also lists the names of the ropes and stays which constitute the ship’s rigging. Combining Stevin and Wright’s interest in geometric precision with the technical terms that practical sailors needed to handle a ship’s sails, this diagram and table display the interface between mathematical knowledge and practical seamanship.


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Ship model of The Sovereign of the Seas.

Willem Janszoon Blaeu. Licht der Zeevaert. English. Amsterdam, 1622

Edward Russell. Report of the character of captains... Manuscript, November 1691

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