Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Navigation Class

Harrrrr Mateys
Today be Wednesday ye mateys know what that means Cap'n Mavericks school of piracy Harrr.
Star of the Seven seas and Black Jack a Roo sent yer Cap'n a cool web site the other day Thank ye Mateys It was very helpful in today's class Harrrr.
Yer Cap'n found information on how to make a compass Harrrr. This way ye mateys know where ye be going at all times Harrrr.
You will need a magnet, a cork, a nail, a shallow dish approximately eight or nine inches in diameter, a twelve inch square piece of oaktag, and a ballpoint pen or indelible marker.
1.Mark the four points of the compass along the edges of the oaktag square. Include NE, SE, NW, and SW if you choose.
2.Magnetize the nail by rubbling it, in one direction only, with one pole of the magnet.
3.Press nail through the length of the cork until the cork is centered on the nail.
4.Fill the dish with water and place it in the center of the oaktag square.
5.Place cork in the shallow dish of water.
6.Line up the north mark on the oaktag square with the pointed end of the nail.

Harrrrr Yer Cap'n could not find or didn't have a nail, oaktag, a shallow dish, or a cork Harrrr. So in true pirate fashion yer cap'n improvised Harrrr. I used a sewing needle, a plastic straw, a small bowl, and paper Harrrrr
Magnetizing the needle Harrrrr.

Lining up the point to North Harrrrr.

We got it exactly pointing north Harrrr.

Yer Cap'n using his compass to plot out his next adventure Harrrr.
So mateys make a compass it be fun Harrrr.
Cap'n Maverick the Pirate


The Thundering Herd said...

Wow, very cool. This could be very useful the next time our humans decide a really long walk in the woods would be useful (and probably more reliable than our hu-dad's GPS).

KZK said...

Wowzers, Cap'n Mav! You're real smart to figure out how to do all that. Where is your next adventure!?!? Are you going to sail the Kansas Ocean!?!?
Play bows,

The Army of Four said...

Sorry. That should have been me, not Mom. Argh!

Jack & Moo said...

Ahoy, Cap'n!
Hey, that's pretty cool - we'll have to try that too. That's a furry fine map woo have there - we notice your Pirate Pen is pointing towards Florida & the Atlantic coast... if ye sail far enough, (just follow yur compass north) you'll be docking in our harbor in the Naragansett Bay! They say there's pirate treasure on one of these islands here.....

thanks for the great lesson,
Star of the Seven Seas & Black Jack a-roo

Lorenza said...

Hi, Mav!
Good job! I am going to try it!
Kisses and hugs

the magic sleigh said...

Very cool, but I think I will stick to my eyes and nose in navigating, since I don't have thumbs it is too hard to hold the compass!
-Kira The BeaWootiful

The Daily Echo said...

I need to make one of those for Mom. She said she's geographically challenged. When will we learn how to make someone walk the plank?

Dexter said...

That looks totally confusing. Can't you just follow your nose?

Check out this youtube.

It is about pirate gerbils.


Anonymous said...

Hi Cap'n Maverick, sir! What a great lesson on making a compass! What the heck is oaktag? I love pirate school!

See ya!

The Oceanside Animals said...

hello capn maverick its dennis the vizsla dog hay if yoo ar planning to sail north yoo mite want to wayt until summer wen most of the snow wil almost be melted frum the wild lands of cananda and upstayt noo york ha ha ok bye

Teddy Westlife said...

I'm learning so much at pirate school!

Huffle Mawson

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Just follow your compass northwest and come visit us!


Ps. That looks like a pretty hard thing to make. Could I just use GPS?