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Setting was the name given by eighteenth century mariners to using a compass to determine the position to the nearest meridian of a distant object relative to the ship. For example, a lighthouse might be describing as bearing N.N.E. at a distance of five leagues.

The term setting was also used to describe the direction in which a current or the tide might be flowing. For example, mariners would describe a current flowing in an easterly direction as setting to the east.

Prepared by: Turnbull, P
Created: 4 October 2001
Modified: 11 October 2001

Published by South Seas, 1 February 2004
Comments, questions, corrections and additions: Paul.Turnbull@jcu.edu.au
Prepared by: Paul Turnbull
Updated: 28 June 2004
To cite this page use: http://nla.gov.au/nla.cs-ss-biogs-P000057

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