Sunday, June 8, 2008
A 32 point compass has as its points the directions:
(then back to North)
Reciting this list is known as boxing the compass. It was considered to be one of the basic skills of an aprentice sailor to be able to recite these directions.
The smaller points such as that between North and NNE were known only in association with their larger neighboring point. For instance:
The point between North and NNE was N by E.
The point between NNE and Northeast was NE by N.
The point between Northeast and ENE was NE by E.
The point between ENE and E was E by N.
This followed in like fashion around the compass.