Navigation

Navigation is important for a vessel on high seas to chart its course properly. Sailing on high seas is almost coeval with the civilizations and ancient cultures. From very early times men took to sea voyages. Accordingly navigational skills were slowly developed. In the beginning the stellar bodies like the Sun, the Moon, the Stars and particularly the Polar Star or the North Star (Dhruva Tara) in Indian context were the guiding coordinates for Navigation on high seas. In due course the compass, the latitudes and longitudes, the meridian and tropical lines were invented and used by Navigators.

In this gallery attempt has been made to depict the history of navigation through objects, charts, photographs and models.

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