THE U.S. NAVY HYDROGRAPHIC OFFICE SHIP ROUTING PROGRAM

George L. Hanssen

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Abstract: The routing of ocean vessels on tracks based primarily on predicted oceanographic and meteorological considerations has aroused considerable interest in the past few years. In the days of the sailing ship, weather and oceanographic data such as currents and tides were vitally important. In this era, Commodore Matthew F. Maury, "The Pathfinder of The Sea," constructed charts of prevailing currents and winds, thus establishing time-saving seasonal routes for transoceanic crossings. However, the standard tracks often will not enable the master of a vessel to transit the most favorable part of the constantly moving storms which affect all parts of the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans. The statistically calm area near the Azores may be affected by storms equalling the intensity of those encountered near Iceland.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 6, Number 3
Pages: 157 - 165
Cite this article: Hanssen, George L., "THE U.S. NAVY HYDROGRAPHIC OFFICE SHIP ROUTING PROGRAM", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 6, No. 3, 1958, pp. 157-165.
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