Seattle, WA   December , Number 21

Compilation of celestial navigation articles

Starpath School of Navigation in its role as editor of the Newsletter of the The Foundation for the Promotion of the Art of Navigation is pleased to announce that the complete set of 286 articles on the subject of celestial navigation that were published in the Journal of the Institute of Navigation between 1946 and 2002 is now available on a single CD from the Institute of Navigation at Work on the selection and preparation of the articles, along with the CD production, has been donated by the Navigation Foundation in keeping with its goal of promoting the history, science, and practice of celestial navigation and related topics. You can view the complete list of articles at the Navigation Foundation website.


Supertanker Mogamigawa
Why we still need to study navigation

On the evening of Jan 8, in the Straits of Hormuz the 1000-ft supertanker Mogamigawa carrying 280,000 tons of crude oil collided with the 360-ft fast attack nuclear submarine USS Newport News. One report described it as the "stern of the tanker colliding with the bow of the submarine!" — but did not mention that the submarine was fully submerged at the time, so how could it expect to see the tanker coming at them? Regardless of what high tech systems such submarines use to evaluate risk of collision, it is clear there is still a role for training in navigation and prudent seamanship. Fortunately there were no injuries or serious vessel damage. (There is almost certainly more to this story than meets the eye in public accounts, but it does nevertheless catch the eye.)


Visiting Canadian Waters

If you plan to visit Canadian waters then you will find this link to Requirements for Foreign Recreational Boaters In Canadian Waters very useful. Some rules are quite different than in the US and they are changing with time as grandfather clauses are expiring. There are other useful links on that site as well.


Capt. James Riley
Captain Riley in the News

Some years ago we became interested in the wreck of the American Brig Commerce in 1817, which led to our production of two ebooks that describe the event, one from her captain, James Riley, and one from a crew member, Archibald Robbins. We have had since then only periodic interest in these fascinating tales of shipwreck and the abduction into slavery of the crew—Abraham Lincoln described the Riley Narrative as one of the six most influential books he had read.

That is, until a TV show on the History Channel presented the tale, which led many readers to search out our work on this subject, because the original texts are rare and expensive. You can see our ebook reproduction options at Riley's Narrative and Robbin's Journal. These are the only two authentic original sources for information on this event.

In response to the new interest in these works, we now offer custom printed reproductions of the volumes.

Samples of recent news stories on the adventure can be read at

Hartfort Courant

Jamestown Press

New York Times

Beacon News

Lansing State Journal


Last of the lot
Great Lakes Weather book in last copies

The book Wind Weather and Waves about Great Lakes marine weather is about to be out of print. We have located what we believe are the last available copies and they are now available in our book catalog at $10 each. It is a unique resource, and we understand there are no plans to replace it.


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