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  • Compass: A Story of Exploration and Innovation | Alan Gurney

    Compass: A Story of Exploration and Innovation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Alan Gurney
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    This book chronicles the misadventures of those who attempted to perfect the compass, an instrument so precious to 16-century seamen that, by law, any man found tampering with it had his hand pinned to the mast with a dagger. From the time man first took to the seas until only 1,000 years ago, sight and winds were the sailor's only navigational aids. It was not until the development of the compass that maps and charts could be used with any accuracy.

    Steve Bird says: "Disappointing"
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