Was owned by a now retired ships master in preparing for his Master’s License and as a reference throughout his career.
The American Practical Navigator, first published in 1802, was billed as the “epitome of navigation” by its original author, Nathaniel Bowditch. The text has evolved with the advances in navigation practices since that first issue and continues to serve as a valuable reference for marine navigation in the modern day.
The publication describes in detail the principles and factors of navigation, including piloting, electronic navigation, celestial navigation, mathematics, safety, oceanography and meteorology. It also contains various tables used in typical navigational calculations and solutions, including the formulas used to derive the tabular data. Many of these solutions can also be found using on-line calculators located by searching Nautical Calculators.
This edition was published in the 1960s and is used and in good average condition. Photo is the actual item offered.