Commander Alton B. Moody

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Abstract: In the early days of navigation, when only the most daring and intrepid individuals ventured far from shore, the requirements of a successful navigator, although simple, were exacting. Before the days of chart, compass, and log, the most complicated tool with which the navigator had to contend was probably the hand lead. His principal qualification was his ability to interpret what he saw, smelled, felt, and heard in terms of general direction, approximate distance, location of land, and position of safe water. Mistakes were costly, and only the successful navigators reached their desired havens safely. To these mariners, navigation was purely an art. The science of navigation was not yet struggling to be born.
Published in: NAVIGATION: Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 5, Number 4
Pages: 176 - 181
Cite this article: Moody, Commander Alton B., "IS TRAINING ENOUGH?", NAVIGATION: Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 5, No. 4, 1956-1957, pp. 176-181.
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