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The American Practical Navigator: Bowditch (1802)

by Nathaniel Bowditch

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Nathanial Bowditch first published this encyclopedic work in 1802. During the last two centuries over 75 editions, almost 1,000,000 copies, of Bowditch have been published by the US Government. It has lived because it has combined the best technologies of each generation of navigator. This Edition includes the latest advances in electronic navigation and digital charting technology. It also covers nonelectronic navigation such as celestial, plotting and dead reckoning. Bowditch contains numerous tables which have been valued for years by practicing navigators. Bowditch is carried on the bridge of every U.S. Navy ship and should be the mainstay of any serious navigator's library. Paradise Cay and Celestaire's commercial edition of Bowditch is a complete copy of the latest Government edition.… (more)

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Since the first publication, the text has evolved with the advances in navigation practices and continues to serve as a valuable reference for marine navigation in the modern day.
 
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Marine navigation blends both science and art.
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The science of navigation can be taught, but the art of navigation must be developed from experience.
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Nathaniel Bowditch's American Practical Navigator is simply the most comprehensive reference work ever published on the art and science of marine navigation. There is no military or commercial fleet anywhere in the world that does not owe its success, at least tangentially, to the principles and lessons developed in these pages.
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