Accession Number : ADA528454


Title :   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


Descriptive Note : Journal article


Corporate Author : NAVAL OBSERVATORY FLAGSTAFF AZ


Personal Author(s) : Carter, William E ; Carter, Merri S


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a528454.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2010


Pagination or Media Count : 16


Abstract : 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.


Descriptors :   *NAVIGATION , *CHRONOMETERS , *SHIPS , PROPULSION SYSTEMS , LONGITUDE , SAFETY , WIND , MECHANICAL COMPONENTS , REPRINTS


Subject Categories : Meteorology
      Marine Engineering
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE