Vernier Sextant No. 124

Vernier Sextant No. 124

William Desilva, Liverpool

Accession No.: 2001.1.1
Date: 1899
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