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I've been on a historical fiction kick for a while now, starting with the Aubrey/Maturin series and now i'm on the Thomas Kydd series.  Both have been pretty educational for me and inspired me to learn more about that time period.  Even got to take a trip up to Boston to see Constitution, but there is one term i haven't found a solid answer for and it's bugging me.  Whenever another ship is spotted, they will say something like "3-points off the starboard bow" meaning it's in front of them and off to the right side i get, but how far is a point?

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Hi everyone;

 

One point that some may not be aware of:  the picture posted by Jud shows what is known as a 'Compass Rose'.  This was the name of the (fictional?) corvette in Nicholas Monserrat's WW11 sea novel,  and it wasn't until many years after I first read it that I realised what the name meant.

 

All the best,

 

Mark P

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That Compass Rose might be printed in reverse image, if the Lubbers Line were on the Helmsman's side of the binnacle. On the far side it would be as shown with a magnifying device set on the top glass when steering by degrees became the norm.

jud :pirate41:

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Slightly on a side topic.  A square rigger can not sail closer than about 6 points to the wind.  For example, with the wind from the North the ship could sail no closer than ENE or WNW.

 

Regards,

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10 hours ago, probablynot said:

And if you can "box the compass", you can recite all the 32 points of the compass in their correct order.

When i did my ticket the examiner got me to do it backwards, in half points !

 

Mark

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14 hours ago, Mark P said:

Hi everyone;

 

One point that some may not be aware of:  the picture posted by Jud shows what is known as a 'Compass Rose'.  This was the name of the (fictional?) corvette in Nicholas Monserrat's WW11 sea novel,  and it wasn't until many years after I first read it that I realised what the name meant.

 

All the best,

 

Mark P

A very clever use of words. Remember Compass Rose was a 'Flower' Class Corvette.

Jim

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