Navigational instruments which have to withstand the rigours of sea voyages, particularly of salt sea-air, were formerly usually made of wood.
When the Portuguese, during the early fifteenth century, began to explore the coast of West Africa, it was initially by costal navigation. But when India was to be reached, instumental navigation became necessary.
The Portuguese Price, Henry the Navigator, founded a training workshop at Sagres for the officers. Here were brought mathematiciens and astronomers and cartographers to found the nautical science of navigation, to devise instruments, and draw up charts.
They were hardly suitable for elaborate decoration but very nice, and very few have survived as a result of the accidents of time. A study of them is consequently all the more interesting.
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