STICK CHARTS OF MICRONESIA

Lt. Col. Charles J. Davis

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Abstract: Lacking Compass, sextant, chronometer, radio, radar and inertial navigation aids, “ancient mariners” relied on an observed knowledge of the prevailing winds, tides, and currents; the habits of birds, particularly sea birds; the discontinuities that exist where the sea meets the land; and the stars (1,2). A particularly well developed use of the “natural means” of the Marshallese (3, 4, 5). These Micronesian navigators devised an aid, artistic in execution, but near scientific in design and based primarily on water surface conditions.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 11, Number 1
Pages: 32 - 37
Cite this article: Davis, Lt. Col. Charles J., "STICK CHARTS OF MICRONESIA", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 11, No. 1, Spring 1964, pp. 32-37.
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