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“With no landmarks to gauge their progress across the open sea, sailors couldn’t tell how fast or how far they were traveling,” explains Camila Caballero, an MIT senior and the academic coordinator for Amphibious Achievement, an athletic and academic outreach program for urban youth in Boston. But when the nautical mile – 1.852 kilometers – was introduced in the 15th century, they had a handy standard against which to measure speed and created out of necessity the chip log, the world’s first maritime speedometer. “They used materials they had on hand,” she explains. “A wedge-shaped piece of wood, a small glass timer, and a really long rope.”

Read entire article at: http://engineering.mit.edu/ask/why-speed-sea-measured-knots

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It was a wonderful night sail. We were just approaching the bay where we had planned to set the anchor and call it a night. Then, out of no where about 25 yards to starboard was a big object. Problem was that until it went past us, we never seen it. I asked my instructor what it was. He said, "I dunno. Whatever it was, it was a hull splitter!"

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