THE USE AND DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN NAVIGATIONAL INSTRUMENTS ON WESTERN RIVERS

Captain Ralph F. Clark

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Abstract: Marine transportation is without doubt one of the first methods devised by man to aid in moving himself, his family, and his possessions from one locality to another. Of the various types of marine transportation, it would seem logical to assume that rivers were first used for this purpose. It is certain that in modern historical times rivers have been used as the main arteries of exploration and development in all of the great nations of the world. It will be recalled that most of the famous explorers in the history of our own Country followed the courses of the St. Lawrence, the Mississippi, the Illinois, the Missouri and all other smaller mid-western rivers during the course of their travels. It is not wonder, therefore, that almost all of the early settlements in the middle west were situated on the banks of what are now our navigable streams. Such mid-western cities as Pittsburgh, Louisville, Davenport, St. Louis, Memphis and New Orleans were all originally settled as a result of the proximity to the rivers on whose banks they are still situated.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 2, Number 10
Pages: 363 - 267
Cite this article: Clark, Captain Ralph F., "THE USE AND DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN NAVIGATIONAL INSTRUMENTS ON WESTERN RIVERS", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 2, No. 10, 1951, pp. 363-267.
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