We, the Navigators: The Ancient Art of Landfinding in the Pacific

Front Cover
University of Hawaii Press, 1994 - History - 442 pages
The second edition of David Lewis' classic book on Pacific navigation promises to satisfy yet again scholars and seafarers alike - and all others who have marveled at the ability of island mariners to navigate hundreds of miles of open ocean without instruments. The new edition includes a discussion of theories about traditional methods of navigation developed during the past two decades, the story of the renaissance of star navigation throughout the Pacific, and material about navigation system in Indonesia, Siberia, and the Indian Ocean.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - antiquary - LibraryThing

A very important book demonstrating and recording ancient pacific traditional navigation techniques by collaboration between a modern sailor/scholar and several traditional navigators with whom he ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - TomVeal - LibraryThing

David Lewis, an experienced small boat sailor, spent nine months traversing the South Seas to gather material for this study of pre-European navigation techniques. He sailed with veteran native seamen ... Read full review

Contents

Rediscovery of a Vanishing Art
3
Piecing the Mosaic
19
Voyaging Canoes
53
Steering by the Stars
82
Keeping Course by Sun Swells and Wind
123
Dead Reckoning
139
Orientation Concepts in Dead Reckoning
167
PART FOUR Expanding Ones Target
193
Reasons for Voyaging
297
The Renaissance of Far Voyaging
312
The Long Seaways of Eastern Polynesia
342
Variations of Star Bearings with Latitude
357
Directional Marks Ashore
363
Table of Tahitian Star Pillars and Islands
372
Glossary
403
Locations of the Main Islands and Other Places
411

Swell Patterns and Phosphorescence
224
Expanded Target Landfall in Practice
262
Position Fixing at Sea
277

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information