Dag Pike. Barnsley, UK: Pen & Sword Books, 2018. 224 pp. Index. $24.95.
Reviewed by Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
One of the happiest times of my life was the year and a half I spent writing the 15th edition of Dutton’s Nautical Navigation (Naval Institute Press, 2004). Navigation is a challenging subject that embraces theory but is full of practicality. It relies on large measures of both art and science and is one of those subjects that is at the same time very specific and yet includes much diversity. In its simplest form, it consists of knowing where you are and where you are going. Within those apparent bounds, the subject has roots in the very ancient but thrives in the very modern. This includes simple techniques such as shooting visual bearings and taking soundings, yet ventures into the world of atomic clocks and satellites and is practiced by recreational boaters, hikers, professional mariners, jet pilots, and astronauts, to name a few.