There’s a definite nautical feel to this month’s blogs and with the fantastic items featured on www.antiques.co.uk you’re bound to find something along naval and sailing lines if you check out their nautical section.
There’s always been a fascination with the sea and nautical items from the past remind us of the first discoveries and the hidden dangers of the sea. Finding your way around the world’s oceans wasn’t easy when naval navigation was in its infancy. Methods weren’t accurate and often gave inconsistent results. It was easy to get lost and perhaps never find your way back. From a small telescope to a mariner’s compass, they can give us such a vivid picture of what it was like to sail the high seas.
Our second blog is on the art of scrimshaw, which are engravings and carvings on whale bone and ivory. Our blog takes a look at the history, and what is safe to buy now with the Endangered Species Act. The sailors beautiful carvings on ivory or bone really ignite the imagination, leaving you with images of sailors sitting alone at night carving their ideas and thoughts on to the delicate materials they worked on as they sailed into the darkness. Naturally, it’s also important to realise that whales and elephants are an endangered species and their conservation is a high priority. Our blog this week tells you what’s legal and what isn’t, in case you spot beautifully carved scrimshaw and you’re unsure over whether you should buy.
You’ll find there’s always something new in the nautical antiques section on the left hand side of the home page. If you’re not into the nautical scene, then there are plenty of other items on www.antiques.co.uk to get you enthusiastic about antiques in general and hopefully in the mood perhaps to start your own collection.
Don’t let the short days ahead give you the winter blues, there’s always so much to look forward to as the colder months draw near. There’s Thanksgiving, Halloween and Christmas. That lovely ride from September to December, with the autumn leaves falling to be replaced by glistening frozen branches.
Whatever you’ve got planned for this autumn, don’t forget your daily and weekly, monthly antiques fix with us here at www.antiques.co.uk. Until next time, take care..
In this post we’re going to take a look at how naval navigation started before modern methods – and it’s fascinating. You’ll find that simple methods moved on to more sophisticated ones with the advancement of science, and the genius of one or two individuals both here and overseas.
How did the old mariners find their way around undiscovered waters?
In the beginning celestial navigation would have helped sailors find their way around the oceans. By measuring the altitude of the Northern Star above the horizon, the angle in degrees helped measure the latitude of the ship.
However, more sophisticated forms of navigation were developing The Mariner’s compass is one of the earliest man made navigation tools. It could be hit and miss for sailors as they found it difficult to understand. Magnetic variation meant that often, the readings were inconsistent. The compass was used mostly when the sun was down and to help sailors to see which direction the wind was blowing.
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