Sextant A Voyage Guided by the Stars and the Men Who Mapped the World’s Oceans
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This is the dramatic story of an instrument that changed history. Built around David Barrie's own transatlantic passage using the very same navigational tools as Captain Cook, Sextant tells how one of the most vital navigational instruments was invented and used and why the golden age of celestial navigation has now come to an end. From Cook, Bligh and Vancouver to Bougainville, La Perouse, Flinders and Fitzroy, Barrie recounts the fortunes of the explorers who risked their lives in charting the Pacific, as well as the intrepid adventures of Slocum, Shackleton and Worsley. A heady mix of history, science and adventure, this elegy to a lost technology is infused with the wonder of discovery and the sublimity of the cosmos.

AuthorDavid Barrie
BindingPaperback
EAN9780007516582
ISBN0007516584
Height780 mm
Length508 mm
Width94 mm
Weight60 g
LanguageEnglish
Language TypePublished
Number Of Pages368
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2015-06-30
PublisherWilliam Collins
StudioWilliam Collins
Sales Rank282183

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