WHITHER BOUND, NAVIGATOR?

Commander Alton B. Moody

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Abstract: A good navigator keeps a sharp lookout ahead. He wants to know where he is going, and what progress he is making. If he is standing into danger, he wants to be warned in time to take remedial action. Perhaps, then, it is excusable if one who has an interest and some responsibility concerning navigation and the navigator attempts to look ahead into the tomorrows yet to come and tries to interpret what he sees. Not that he has better eyes than others, but sometimes that which appears to others as a mere speck on the horizon, or nothing at all, may have real meaning to a navigator. Where others may see buoys, the navigator may see a channel. If he can identify that channel, he can predict future positions of his craft. Not that every detail of what lies ahead can be seen with clarity. If man had that ability, he would be denied one of life’s greatest assets-faith. But it is well for man to have enough perspective to identify in general terms where his heading is taking him.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 4, Number 4
Pages: 151 - 155
Cite this article: Moody, Commander Alton B., "WHITHER BOUND, NAVIGATOR?", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 4, No. 4, 1954-1955, pp. 151-155.
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