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    Seafaring A-Z Alphabet - "M" is for...

    Magnetic Compass - People have been navigating with magnetic compasses for the best part of 900 years. The magnetic compass was first invented as a device for divination as early as the Chinese Han Dynasty (since about 206 BC), and later adopted for navigation by the Song Dynasty Chinese during the 11th century. The first usage of a compass recorded in Western Europe and Persia occurred around the early 13th century.

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