At one time, every seaman had to be able to “box the compass.” That is, recite all the quarter points going in either direction and what the opposite (180°) point was. Now the 360 degree card is in use so this is a lost practice…

Illustrations & story by R. Sheret

At one time, every seaman had to be able to “box the compass.” That is, recite all the quarter points going in either direction and what the opposite (180°) point was. Now the 360 degree card is in use so this is a lost practice…

Illustrations & story by R. Sheret