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A History of the Navy in 100 Objects
A History of the Navy in 100 Objects

Object 09: Sextant from the Battle of Lake Erie, 1813

Before the advent of GPS, how did sailors navigate across the open ocean? Did you know that the War of 1812 raged all over the country, including a great naval victory for the fledgling U.S. states on waters of Lake Erie? What is a sextant and how is it used? This are the questions answered by today's episode.

Sextant from the Battle of Lake Erie, 1813

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