A Star to Steer Her By: a 19th-century mariner’s manuscript, with Steph Haxton

The tale of a mariners’ manuscript: In 1803 teenager John Tregerthen Short was studying trigonometry. In the Cornwall Records Office his notebook, not just tasks in maths, is a beautiful example of the art of navigation. Yet behind the penmanship Steph Haxton has discovered a prisoner of war, poetry, inspired teaching

A Star to Steer Her By: a 19th-century mariner’s manuscript, with Steph Haxton

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Venue: Penlee Coach House

The tale of a mariners’ manuscript: In 1803 teenager John Tregerthen Short was studying trigonometry. In the Cornwall Records Office his notebook, not just tasks in maths, is a beautiful example of the art of navigation. Yet behind the penmanship Steph Haxton has discovered a prisoner of war, poetry, inspired teaching and a man who epitomise the essence of Masefield’s Sea Fever.