Claude Monet, Sailboats on the Seine, 1874. Oil on canvas. FAMSF, gift of Bruno and Sadie Adriani, 1962.23
This talk describes the most fundamental elements of celestial navigation, the basics of which had become well established by the mid-nineteenth century. The method, developed by Marcq Saint Hilaire in 1875, became the normal practice during the period of the Impressionists and is still used today by navigators (including the speaker).
Robert Darr, director and head instructor at the Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding, is the son of a schooner captain based in Tahiti. He has been a wooden boatbuilder for forty years.