NAVIGATION AND POWER

Vernon Weihe

Peer Reviewed

Abstract: Throughout all history the sciences and arts of navigation have been directly related to the power available for propulsion. From the dawn of civilization, through the thousands of years until the advent of steam power, mankind was limited by the muscle power of animals on land, and at sea by the power of wind on sails. One unit of real horsepower was capable of carrying a man at a top speed of 30 knots. Thirty knots might be considered the "oats barrier." For centuries the tools of navigation were quite crude, but ample time was available for practicing the arts of navigation.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 6, Number 2
Pages: 75 - 77
Cite this article: Weihe, Vernon, "NAVIGATION AND POWER", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 6, No. 2, 1958, pp. 75-77.
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