We, the Navigators: The Ancient Art of Landfinding in the Pacific / Edition 2

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The second edition of David Lewis' classic book on Pacific navigation promises to satisfy yet again scholars and seafarers alike - and all others who have marveled at the ability of island mariners to navigate hundreds of miles of open ocean without instruments. The new edition includes a discussion of theories about traditional methods of navigation developed during the past two decades, the story of the renaissance of star navigation throughout the Pacific, and material about navigation system in Indonesia, Siberia, and the Indian Ocean.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824815820
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 562,141
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the first edition
1 Rediscovery of a Vanishing Art 3
2 Piecing the Mosaic 19
3 Voyaging Canoes 53
4 Steering by the Stars 82
5 Keeping Course by Sun, Swells, and Wind 123
6 Dead Reckoning 139
7 Orientation Concepts in Dead Reckoning 167
8 Island Blocks, Birds, and Clouds 195
9 Swell Patterns and Phosphorescence 224
10 Expanded Target Landfall in Practice 262
11 Position Fixing at Sea 277
12 Reasons for Voyaging 297
13 The Renaissance of Far Voyaging 312
14 The Long Seaways of Eastern Polynesia 342
Appendix I: Variations of Star Bearings with Latitude 357
Appendix II: Directional Marks Ashore 363
Appendix III: Table of Tahitian Star Pillars and Islands 372
Notes 373
Glossary 403
Locations of the Main Islands and Other Places 411
References 419
Index 433
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