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  • My Sea Clock | Time and Navigation
    too for on that day 18 years ago I decided to build a replica of Harrison s 18th Century clock now called H1 and navigate the Atlantic with it I m a retired engineer and while in high school I was an apprentice to my Dad a tool and die maker I figured I had the bag of tricks to build this clock quickly But in fact it has taken years of research including visits to the Library of Congress and the Greenwich Museums I also had to master modern mechanical design software and invest in a CNC milling machine in order to build my clock within a reasonable period of time I have now completed a beautiful time machine eighty pounds of brass and wood almost three feet across It s simultaneously both elegant and homely sporting a set of eight brass balance finials which look as if they were stolen from the curtain rods in Harrison s living room I am now traveling the country giving lectures and writing articles about my machine Next year is the 300th anniversary of the passage of the Longitude Act and the creation of the Board of Longitude the government research agency that started it all I have the clock does anyone out there have a tall ship Tag Your Story Sea Join the Conversation Post new comment Your name Comment More information about text formats Plain text No HTML tags allowed Web page addresses and e mail addresses turn into links automatically Lines and paragraphs break automatically By submitting this form you agree to Smithsonian privacy policy and terms of use as well as Mollom privacy policy 1 Comments Submitted by Jon Ballou on June 6 2013 2 47 pm What an excellent project Congratulations on completing it Reply Thank you

    Original URL path: https://timeandnavigation.si.edu/navigation-for-everyone/personal-navigation-stories/my-sea-clock (2016-02-13)
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  • There I was... | Time and Navigation
    East rather than West and the adreline began to flow as I realized there were no obvious ground features for pilotage After a couple of anxious minutes I decided to circle higher and as we gained altitude we regained line of sight to the VOR station and the warning flag went out Shortly after I was able to raise Austin and get radar service into the airport By the standards of there I was stories this was a pretty harmless episode but it thought me much as I embarked on a career as a flight instructor and it was the first and last time I was lost in an airplane Today I am the curator for the aviation sections of the Time and Navigation exhibit I have come to truly appreciate how much those black boxes whether VOR or GPS have made it possible to cross featureless landscapes The long distance fliers of 1927 did not have the luxury of VORs or radar and the few minutes of panic I had with good weather and a reasonable fuel reserve were but a drop in the bucket compared to the anxiety that those intrepid aviators experienced during much of their flights The sheer terror of getting vertigo in instrument conditions or a misfiring engine while while offshore will fortunately not be known by most people but it was a routine experience for those who pushed the boundaries of navigation eighty five years ago This exhibit is in part a tip of of the hat to bravery that should not be forgotten Tag Your Story Air Join the Conversation Post new comment Your name Comment More information about text formats Plain text No HTML tags allowed Web page addresses and e mail addresses turn into links automatically Lines and paragraphs break automatically

    Original URL path: https://timeandnavigation.si.edu/navigation-for-everyone/personal-navigation-stories/there-i-was-0 (2016-02-13)
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  • Recently Shared Stories | Time and Navigation
    you ever used the technologies on display in our exhibition SHARE YOUR STORY April 12 2013 Primitive Does Not Mean Stupid We were recently guest lecturers at a school coop where we talked about real pirates in history and the navigation techniques they would have used in the 16th century We explained that they estimated their ship s speed in those days by dropping a chip of wood or whatever into the water at the bow and counted how long it took to get to the stern We had them build simple astrolabes out of cardboard and measure the angle to the noon sun to calculate their latitude Read Full Story TAGS Sea 0 Comments April 12 2013 Meet your compass Many years ago in 1955 I was a U S Navy Reservist on a training cruise sailing from Chicago Navy Pier on Lake Michigan Each of us swabbies had to take a turn on the ship s wheel holding a compass course I had great difficulty holding the course while the petty officer kept yelling at me Meet your compass Meet your compass The compass card kept drifting away from the assigned bearing and I kept over compensating Read Full Story TAGS Sea 0 Comments Pages first previous 1 2 Thank you for sharing your story All stories and comments will be moderated to ensure they meet Smithsonian terms of use Please check back to see if your story is posted Follow us on your favorite social network look for airandspace and share your story using TimeNav HOW IT WORKS Share your navigation story here and we may display it on this website Content should be relevant and appropriate All stories and comments will be moderated to ensure they meet Smithsonian terms of use While navigation is for all

    Original URL path: https://timeandnavigation.si.edu/navigation-for-everyone/personal-navigation-stories?page=1 (2016-02-13)
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  • Recently Shared Stories | Time and Navigation
    sailboat from Hong Kong to Japan What an adventure Read Full Story TAGS Sea 1 Comments April 17 2013 My Sea Clock All my life I have read about the great sailing adventures of people like Columbus and Magellan but it was not until 18 years ago that I came across the story of John Harrison and his four great Sea Clocks It was a startling reminder a revelation really that all the early voyages of discovery were done aboard ships that were lost at sea These explorers sailed without the knowledge of their longitude Read Full Story TAGS Sea 1 Comments April 12 2013 Primitive Does Not Mean Stupid We were recently guest lecturers at a school coop where we talked about real pirates in history and the navigation techniques they would have used in the 16th century We explained that they estimated their ship s speed in those days by dropping a chip of wood or whatever into the water at the bow and counted how long it took to get to the stern We had them build simple astrolabes out of cardboard and measure the angle to the noon sun to calculate their latitude Read Full Story TAGS Sea 0 Comments April 12 2013 Meet your compass Many years ago in 1955 I was a U S Navy Reservist on a training cruise sailing from Chicago Navy Pier on Lake Michigan Each of us swabbies had to take a turn on the ship s wheel holding a compass course I had great difficulty holding the course while the petty officer kept yelling at me Meet your compass Meet your compass The compass card kept drifting away from the assigned bearing and I kept over compensating Read Full Story TAGS Sea 0 Comments Thank you for sharing your

    Original URL path: https://timeandnavigation.si.edu/navigation-for-everyone/personal-navigation-stories/387 (2016-02-13)
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  • Recently Shared Stories | Time and Navigation
    flight computers are the things I love I am also a potter of clay and several years ago I started transforming clay into ancient navigational instruments I make sundials star charts latitude and longitude finders and solar calenders all from clay that becomes stone Read Full Story TAGS Air 0 Comments February 14 2014 First Solo Cross Country Back in 1988 I started to seriously consider taking flying lessons I really didn t know if I could afford it but decided that the best way to minimize cost was to learn as much as I could before I ever got in the airplane To that end I enrolled in ground school a the local community college I was fascinated by navigation I realized that once I left the ground there would not be any street signs Navigation had to be high on the list of new skills I needed to learn Read Full Story TAGS Air Other 1 Comments April 12 2013 There I was over the grasslands of east central Texas at 1 500 feet in a Cessna Cardinal I was only seventeen and had only held my private pilot s license for several months A friend and I decided to fly from Baton Rouge to check out the UT Austin campus as we were getting our undergraduate applications in order what better way to build some flight time and satisfy a teenage wanderlust Read Full Story TAGS Air 0 Comments Thank you for sharing your story All stories and comments will be moderated to ensure they meet Smithsonian terms of use Please check back to see if your story is posted Follow us on your favorite social network look for airandspace and share your story using TimeNav Story Tags All Tags Sea 4 Air 3 Satellite GPS 0

    Original URL path: https://timeandnavigation.si.edu/navigation-for-everyone/personal-navigation-stories/388 (2016-02-13)
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  • Recently Shared Stories | Time and Navigation
    untold story of getting from here to there Search form Search Navigating at Sea Navigating in the Air Navigating in Space Satellite Navigation Navigation for Everyone Timeline of Innovation Artifacts Learning Resources Multimedia Gallery Research Journal Visit the Exhibition Navigation for Everyone Meet a Professional Navigator Are You A Professional Navigator What Do You Think Take the Poll Personal Navigation Stories Share Your Story Personal Navigation Stories Everyone has a story what s yours Have you sailed the open seas Has GPS ever let you down Have you ever used the technologies on display in our exhibition SHARE YOUR STORY There are no stories for your chosen tag Thank you for sharing your story All stories and comments will be moderated to ensure they meet Smithsonian terms of use Please check back to see if your story is posted Follow us on your favorite social network look for airandspace and share your story using TimeNav Story Tags All Tags Sea 4 Air 3 Satellite GPS 0 Other 1 Space 0 HOW IT WORKS Share your navigation story here and we may display it on this website Content should be relevant and appropriate All stories and comments will be moderated to ensure they meet Smithsonian terms of use While navigation is for all ages we can only share your story if you are 13 or older We value your privacy so your information will be handled according to Smithsonian s privacy policy If you visit the exhibition in person you can check in on Foursquare and earn your Navigator badge Share your navigation story on your favorite social network with TimeNav Navigating at Sea Challenges of Sea Navigation Navigating Without a Clock The Longitude Problem The U S Goes to Sea Navigate at Sea Activity Navigating in the Air Challenges of

    Original URL path: https://timeandnavigation.si.edu/navigation-for-everyone/personal-navigation-stories/391 (2016-02-13)
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  • Recently Shared Stories | Time and Navigation
    Navigator What Do You Think Take the Poll Personal Navigation Stories Share Your Story Personal Navigation Stories Everyone has a story what s yours Have you sailed the open seas Has GPS ever let you down Have you ever used the technologies on display in our exhibition SHARE YOUR STORY February 14 2014 First Solo Cross Country Back in 1988 I started to seriously consider taking flying lessons I really didn t know if I could afford it but decided that the best way to minimize cost was to learn as much as I could before I ever got in the airplane To that end I enrolled in ground school a the local community college I was fascinated by navigation I realized that once I left the ground there would not be any street signs Navigation had to be high on the list of new skills I needed to learn Read Full Story TAGS Air Other 1 Comments Thank you for sharing your story All stories and comments will be moderated to ensure they meet Smithsonian terms of use Please check back to see if your story is posted Follow us on your favorite social network look for airandspace and share your story using TimeNav Story Tags All Tags Sea 4 Air 3 Satellite GPS 0 Other 1 Space 0 HOW IT WORKS Share your navigation story here and we may display it on this website Content should be relevant and appropriate All stories and comments will be moderated to ensure they meet Smithsonian terms of use While navigation is for all ages we can only share your story if you are 13 or older We value your privacy so your information will be handled according to Smithsonian s privacy policy If you visit the exhibition in person you can

    Original URL path: https://timeandnavigation.si.edu/navigation-for-everyone/personal-navigation-stories/393 (2016-02-13)
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  • Multimedia Gallery | Time and Navigation
    Newsreel Photograph Topics Any Maps and Charts Navigating at Sea Navigating in Space Navigating in the Air Navigation for Everyone Navigation Tools Satellite Navigation Significant Voyages Timekeeping Innovations Any 621B A 12 Sextant Aerial Sextant Air Position Indicator Aircraft Astrocompass Astrodome Astrograph Astroinertial Navigation System Atomic Clock Bubble Sextant Celestial Computer Celestial Navigation Trainer Celestial Table Charts Chronometer Compass Dead Reckoning Computer Drift Indicator Drift Meter Drift Sight E 6B Float Light GEE Giovilabio GOES GPS Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch Line of Position Longitude LORAN Maps Mechanical Mike Mechanical solutions Navigational Radar Octant Pendulum Clock Periscopic Sextant Plotting Pre Comp Navigation Quartz Clock Quartz Oscillator Quartz Resonator Radio Compass Radio Range Radio Time Signals Radius of Action book Satellite Sea Chronometer Sea Clock SECOR Sextant SINS Star Altitude Curves Tables Timation Transit VOR Windscreen ZB 1 Radio Homing Adapter Navigation Methods Any Celestial Navigation Dead Reckoning Inertial Navigation Radio Navigation Satellite Navigation Navigators Inventors Any Bert Acosta John Arnold Lloyd Bertaud Ferdinand Berthoud Charles Blair William Cranch Bond Nathaniel Bowditch Emory B Bronte L C Bygrave Richard Byrd Jorge de Castilho François Coli Douglas Corrigan Dieudonné Costes Eleanor Creesy Harry H Crosby Philip Dalton William Davis Jr Charles Stark Draper Amelia Earhart Thomas Earnshaw Lincoln Ellsworth Galileo Galilei Harold Gatty Art Goebel George Haldeman Leslie Hamilton John Harrison Albert F Hegenberger Christiaan Huygens Amy Johnson Lisette Kapri Vilas Knope Curtis LeMay Charles Levine Anne Morrow Lindbergh Charles Lindbergh Ed Link Alfred Lee Loomis James A Lovell Jr James V Medcalf Henry Dick Merrill Thomas Mudge Jet Propulsion Laboratory Navigators Fred Noonan Wiley Post Carlo del Prete Max Pruss Jesse Ramsden Peter Redpath Pierre Le Roy Edward Schlee Gordon Scott Thomas Sumner Patrick Gordon Bill Taylor Thomas Thurlow Mary Tornich WAVES Philip Van Horn Weems Charles Wilkes Charles Zweng Multimedia Gallery

    Original URL path: http://timeandnavigation.si.edu/multimedia-gallery/search?field_navigators_inventors_tid=206 (2016-02-13)
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