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The Age of sail : a time when the fortunes of nations and lives of seamen literally turned with the winds their ships encountered at sea

Author: W E Carter; Merri Sue Carter; Royal Institute of Navigation (Great Britain)
Publisher: [Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press], 2010.
Series: Journal of navigation, v. 63, no. 4.
Edition/Format:   Book : English
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"This paper examines the evidence to support the view that the inability of seamen to determine accurate longitude at sea in sailing ships was a major factor in the loss of ships and crews that was effectively solved by the introduction of the marine chronometer. It concludes that this was not the case and that a more compelling factor for the safety of ships was the introduction of mechanical propulsion systems."
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: W E Carter; Merri Sue Carter; Royal Institute of Navigation (Great Britain)
OCLC Number: 676695670
Notes: "October 2010."
Description: p. 717-731 : ill., maps ; 26 cm.
Series Title: Journal of navigation, v. 63, no. 4.
Responsibility: William E. Carter and Merri S. Carter.

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"This paper examines the evidence to support the view that the inability of seamen to determine accurate longitude at sea in sailing ships was a major factor in the loss of ships and crews that was effectively solved by the introduction of the marine chronometer. It concludes that this was not the case and that a more compelling factor for the safety of ships was the introduction of mechanical propulsion systems."

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