THE OFFSHORE NAVIGATOR.
By Warwick M. Tompkins.
Yachting Handbook Series. New York: John F. Winters. 174 pp. 1939. $1.50.
Reviewed by F. W. Keator
This little volume, by the Skipper of the famous schooner Wander Bird, is the best of many such that the writer has examined. Captain Tompkins frankly admits that it is intended only as a beginning and should be followed by further study, in more pretentious works, after the rudiments have been mastered. J. Barrow, in the preface to his Navigatio Britannica (1750) wrote,
I am not ignorant that the theory is commonly thought too difficult to be acquired by the generality of navigators, for which reason it is very often entirely omitted. But I am abundantly satisfied from experience, that this opinion is not well founded; and that, if perspicuity and method be not wanting in the Master, the Scholar may attain the theory as well as the practice of this Art.