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Compass - A Story of Exploration and Innovation

Alan Gurney

Bringing to life the instrument Victor Hugo called "the soul of the ship," Alan Gurney writes a rich history of the most important navigational device of all time: the magnetic compass born out of the need for a reliable means of navigating the difficult sea routes. So indispensable to 16th-century seamen was this device that anyone found tempering with it had his hand pinned to the mast with a dagger. Though organized in loosely chronological order (with detours for particular people and events), the story begins with a modern maritime misadventure describing how when all the yacht's high-tech navigational equipment failed, the crew had to rely on the stars. Covering a thousand years of ships, people, and events, Gurney's story remains unfalteringly exciting and engaging.

Bringing to life the instrument Victor Hugo called "the soul of the ship," Alan Gurney writes a rich history of the most important navigational device of all time: the magnetic compass born out of the need for a reliable means of navigating the difficult sea routes. So indispensable to 16th-century seamen was this device that anyone found tempering with it had his hand pinned to the mast with a dagger. Though organized in loosely chronological order (with detours for particular people and events), the story begins with a modern maritime misadventure describing how when all the yacht's high-tech navigational equipment failed, the crew had to rely on the stars. Covering a thousand years of ships, people, and events, Gurney's story remains unfalteringly exciting and engaging.
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Bringing to life the instrument Victor Hugo called "the soul of the ship," Alan Gurney writes a rich history of the most important navigational device of all time: the magnetic compass born out of the need for a reliable means of navigating the difficult sea routes. So indispensable to 16th-century seamen was this device that anyone found tempering with it had his hand pinned to the mast with a dagger. Though organized in loosely chronological order (with detours for particular people and events), the story begins with a modern maritime misadventure describing how when all the yacht's high-tech navigational equipment failed, the crew had to rely on the stars. Covering a thousand years of ships, people, and events, Gurney's story remains unfalteringly exciting and engaging.

Language:

English

Narrators:

John Lee

Length:

7h 10m


Chapters

Free Sample

03:30

Introduction
Introduction

03:40


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:29


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:11


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:30


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:42


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:25


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:10


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:07


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:43


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:08


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:59


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

02:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:01


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:29


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:02


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:54


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:13


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:49


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:52


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:38


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:16


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:48


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:55


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:51


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:49


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:25


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:21


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

02:49


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:26


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:20


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:17


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:38


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:53


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

02:29


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:31


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:53


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:01


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:06


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:24


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:12


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:15


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:13


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

01:15


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:30


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:50


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

01:49


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:15


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

02:43


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:27


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:39


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

02:20


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:28


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:13


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

02:11


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:45


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:45


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

02:36


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:25


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:56


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:37


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

01:43


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:43


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:32


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:29


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:49


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:51


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

02:59


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

02:15


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:25


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:48


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

02:54


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

02:49


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:18


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:17


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

01:53


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:42


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:20


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:26


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:40


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:41


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:24


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

01:11


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:09


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

02:31


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:37


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:09


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:01


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:44


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

02:23


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:51


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

02:54


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

01:52


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:03


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

02:58


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:21


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

02:35


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

02:55


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:34


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:29


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:09


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:29


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:33


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

01:56


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:54


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:54


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:14


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:37


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:09


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

03:08


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

03:20


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:51


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:20


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:24


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

01:58


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

03:28


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:28


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:04


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:32


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:09


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:45


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:45


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

03:06


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

03:06


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:08


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

03:04


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

02:52


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

03:03


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:23


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

03:03


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

02:52


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:49


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

03:19


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

03:03


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

02:32


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

03:33


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

01:45