Navigational Instruments found on the Storm Wreck

Author(s): Maggie Burkett

Year: 2016


Between 2009 and 2015, excavations of the Storm Wreck (8SJ5459), a late 18th-century British shipwreck off the coast of St. Augustine, Florida by the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) has revealed a variety of navigational instruments and components of such instruments. The primary navigational instruments discussed in this paper are a pair of navigational dividers, an octant, and a mathematical device known as a sector rule. This paper presents a historical analysis of each navigational instrument represented in the assemblage, examines the context of these artifacts in relation to the Storm Wreck, and provides insight into the methods used for determining latitude and the ship’s overall position in the late 18th century.

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Navigational Instruments found on the Storm Wreck. Maggie Burkett. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434996)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 828