We would like to challenge you with a few questions based on the information provided above to encourage you to reexamine the object and to think about the various contexts of its invention, production, promotion and use.
|Question #1 ||
||Why was it important for a ship's navigator to know the time at night?|
||What other navigational instruments were used by mariners in the 17th and 18th centuries?|
||What factors influenced the use of wood or brass for navigational instruments in the 15th - 17th centuries?|
||What special skills were required of makers of nocturnals?
||What evidence do we have that nocturnals were actually used on ships sailing to Canada in the 17th century?|