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We the Navigators: The Ancient Art of Landfinding in the Pacific

LEWIS, David


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Boats. Maritime.

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

xxi, 442 p. : ill. ; 23 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 419-431) and index. Second revised edition. #300722 Navigation — South Pacific Ocean.  |  Polynesians.  |  Micronesians.

  • Foreword to the first edition / S. H. Riesenberg
  • 1. Rediscovery of a Vanishing Art
  • 2. Piecing the Mosaic
  • 3. Voyaging Canoes
  • 4. Steering by the Stars
  • 5. Keeping Course by Sun, Swells, and Wind
  • 6. Dead Reckoning
  • 7. Orientation Concepts in Dead Reckoning
  • 8. Island Blocks, Birds, and Clouds
  • 9. Swell Patterns and Phosphorescence
  • 10. Expanded Target Landfall in Practice
  • 11. Position Fixing at Sea
  • 12. Reasons for Voyaging
  • 13. The Renaissance of Far Voyaging
  • 14. The Long Seaways of Eastern Polynesia
  • Appendix I: Variations of Star Bearings with Latitude / V. Radhakrishnan
  • Appendix II: Directional Marks Ashore
  • Appendix III: Table of Tahitian Star Pillars and Islands
  • Locations of the Main Islands and Other Places.

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AuthorLEWIS, David
Number of pagesxxi, 442
PublisherUniversity of Hawaii Press, Honolulu
Year Published1994 2nd revised edition
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