H. C. Freiesleben

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Abstract: The education of navigators invarious maritime nations is not the same everywhere. In the past it was similar to some degree. Above all, practical experience was appreciated very much. The youngster began his professional way as a sailor vor dem Mast, before the mast, as it was said remembering the time of sailing vessels, where the captain and the mate did work on the quarter deck behind the masts. Only after the young man had gathered enough practical experience did he attend a navigation school. Mostly it was the quality of the character of the young seaman which enabled him to do so. The youngster of strong character - and this is a very important feature for the future leader of a ship - was able to save money from his wages, mostly the greatest part of it, for tuition whilst the thoughtless did not. After having learned a little, more or less theoretical, the navigator returned to a ship to make use of what he had learned as an assistant to a skilled captain. In Germany, a second visit to the school followed one or two years later. So he climbed up his professional ladder by degrees until he was made the captain of a ship.
Published in: NAVIGATION: Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 20, Number 2
Pages: 153 - 158
Cite this article: Freiesleben, H. C., "SIMULATOR, A DEMAND FOR TRAINING THE FUTURE NAVIGATORS OF SHIPS", NAVIGATION: Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 20, No. 2, Summer 1973, pp. 153-158.
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