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post #27 of Old 02-25-2013
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Re: Circumnavigation without instruments

Much is to be admired here. I am one of those who is much indebted to our modern navigation instruments. We can only marvel even more at the skill of the stone-age Polynesians who, for whatever reason, decided to settle on remote islands (how did they ever find them?) and successfully navigated between distant islands and archipelagos. I read some while ago that a lone surviving Polynesian navigator allowed his "skills" to be recorded for posterity because of the all too real fear that they would soon, and forever be lost. Such knowledge of course cannot be "turned on" by a push-button on an electronic device but takes time to learn and absorb, let alone apply with the confidence needed to ensure (repeated and accurate) safe landfall.
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