Sextants donated to Mariner’s Museum

A diverse collection of antique and rare sextants, octants, andquadrants were donated to The Mariner’s Museum in Newport News, Va., and will be on display for this year’s Millennium Exhibition, which focuses on our ability to measure time, distance, and position on Earth.

Collector Peter Ifland, whose recent book on navigation instruments, Taking the Stars, was published by the Museum in November, donated 169 pieces, including a 1792 octant, a 1711 rosewood back staff, and a 1920 gyrosextant. Contact the Museum at 757-596-2222 or visit them on the web at

By Ocean Navigator