01-21-2018, 11:51 AM
Join Date: Mar 2016
Originally Posted by Brian
Very cool. In this age of cheap GPS, celestial navigation is a dying art. It's great that you've hung on to a vital tool of that art and science, even if it's only as a memento.
My great grandfathers, grandfathers, and father all went to sea all their lives - so I was only following in their footsteps when I joined the Coast Guard in the early 80's as a kid. I learned celestial and terrestrial navigation using a sextant (just not the one pictured). We still used log tables for calculations too back then LOL, but yes it's a dying art - one which I enjoyed very much. Those men are all long gone now and I've retired after 35 years of service myself...crazy how fast time goes.
An earlier pic I posted with that same sextant and my old service cap.