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1. Seafaring practice

European navigation in the early modern period was tasked with ensuring that regular passages under sail from one harbor to another worldwide were conducted as reliably and safely as possible (Deep sea navigation) [7]. It was the responsibility of the captain, with the helmsman as his deputy. The two took alternate watches, each informing the other of the prevailing course when changing the watch. The aft deck gave them the necessar…

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Ellmers, Detlev and Epple, Moritz, “Navigation”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024694>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128



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