William Desilva, Liverpool
Accession No.: 2001.1.1
Materials: Metal and glass
Provenance: This sextant is a part of a large collection of nautical navigation instruments at the Houston Maritime Museum, which received the sextant from Lt. Comdr. Robert W. Lane in 2001. Sextants have been used since the early eighteenth century to calculate the angle between two points—often the horizon and an astrological point (celestial navigation)—and determine location before digital aides.
Gift of Lieutenant Commander Robert W. Lane, 2001< BACK