The Mercator Madness

According to the prime reference for all things Maritime Navigation; Bowditch Volume One, the Chart is one of the most important. Mastery of the science is sometimes a difficult issue for mariners, especially when undertaking the deck officer license examinations. Accuracy, correct utility, and design of the voyage is represented on this flat, large piece of paper representing a small portion the globe. Actually, the shape of the Earth is an Oblate Spheroid, but considered a perfect sphere for navigation purposes and the mathematics applied to solve it. Finding your position utilizing this method requires some form of a paper chart, the most common, is a Mercator Projection. One of the prima

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