Following a 10 year hiatus, report says U.S Naval Academy again teaching how to navigate by the stars.
Interesting article and reasoning. Thanks.
An interesting read. Thanks for posting.
This is another reason to continue research on E-Loran.
Back to the astrolabes and sextants...hehehe
Redundancy is always a good idea.
Putting all your eggs in one basket does make carrying them to the house easier....until you drop the basket. Then you end up with NO eggs and no way home.
. . . So your link (an interesting read, too) had me recalling my career back in the mid 70's when I was navigating seismic and other oil field related vessels, mostly around the northern and western Gulf of Mexico. The company had a couple of proprietary systems we used for positioning which preceded Loran (which itself was superseded by Loran-C). By then I had moved on to other legs of my career path and I lost track of positioning technologies until I needed a GPSR, back around 2005.
And I admit to having a fondness for celestial navigation -- I met the beauty who became my wonderful wife in a celestial navigation class at UCSB 35 years ago. Got more out of that class than learning how to use a sextant!
I may have to dust off some skills I haven't used in a long time.
As a retired Navy vet, they should have never stopped. Maybe the Academy stopped teaching it, but I believe that the enlisted quartermasters never stopped practicing shooting the stars.
I hope we learn from the navy and teach our kids how to add and subtract again, with support from devices.
Since it was one perhaps easily overlooked among several links in the article I cited in my OP, I thought I'd reference it specifically here.
Good thing I still have a compass and paper maps to find the general area, if GPS goes nuts.
I suppose we would see a lot of lost souls driving around in circles looking for addresses.
I'm obviously naive. I just cannot fathom (get it?) how a professional mariner does not know celestial navigation. It is beyond belief that the USNavy somehow dropped this from the curriculum that produces our commanders and admirals of the future.
Next thing you know tying a bowline or splicing a line will be beyond the abilities of the men and women of the Navy.
I've been out 40 years and I can still splice the mainbrace.
Can you still make a 'monkey's fist'?
Not surprised. USN showing good sense to not forget such basic skills.
How about the fact that some schools are no longer teaching cursive writing. It's sad to think we are raising children who won't be able to read the Declaration of Independence or the Bill of Rights.
I have to sit down and review the directions. I was a Fire Control Tech.
(Yes, I know that was a facetious reply.)
Resume??? They should NEVER have STOPPED teaching it!
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