Dead Reckoning and the Ocean Voyages of the Past

By C. V. Solver & G. J. Marcus , published February 1958

Abstract

This paper revisits and re-evaluates the contemporary theory of trans-Atlantic navigation by dead reckoning alone, utilising the views of historians, documentary evidence and, critically for the author, the practical experience of mariners throughout history. Charting the history of the technique from Norsemen and the early European voyages of discovery, the author draws on the experiences of a broad variety of mariners, providing a strong case for revisionism.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Early Middle Ages | Francis Drake | Late Middle Ages | James Cook | High Middle Ages | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship

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