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Friday, July 22, 2016

Navigation in the Colonial American Era

I recently read "Longitude" by Dava Sobel. What I learned is how pitifully little I knew about navigation during Colonial times! Anyone writing about sailing during this time period ought to give this book a read-through.

Not written in dry facts and not a fascinating story, this book falls somewhere in the middle. It could have been shorter, it drags in places. It gives giving the reader a sense of what was going on behind the scenes in England - politically speaking - as well as showing the life-and-death need for the advances in navigation that were made between the mid and late 1700s.

The story of John Harrison is a good study in life-long dedication to excellence and persistence in the face of adversity. For those reasons alone, it's worth the read.




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2 comments:

  1. Thank You for the suggestion of this book. It sounds very interesting.
    Marion

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