Right? How exciting is THAT! To find our way by the stars!
Resolved for Tatterhood to be a mariner through and through she must know the art of navigation with a sextant. I’m placing Tatterhood and Company in the late 1850s so no electronic gadgetry to speak of then. I love the mathematical figuring. Believe me, I am only getting the absolute basics down – but I love to peruse and marvel at the intricacies these folks’ minds work out to find their location in the universe on the seas.
Matthew Fontaine Maury first charted ‘prevailing winds and sea currents, as well as their seasonal variations. While mariners were well aware of specific regional conditions such as the gulfstream, Maury was the first to comprehensively tally oceanographic conditions at the global level.’ He published “The Physical Geography of the Sea” in 1855. https://people.hofstra.edu/geotrans/eng/ch2en/conc2en/maurynavigation.html
Eleanor Creesy http://www.newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/eleanor-creesy-navigates-worlds-fastest-clipper-ship/ had the insight to use Maury’s findings when she navigated Flying Cloud to the fastest traverse from NYC to San Francisco in the 1850s. She sensed his work was ground – or rather – sea breaking.
People never cease to astound me.