1. Two Naval Officers Shooting the Sun
    McClelland Barclay
    Oil on canvas, 1941

    The junior officer on the right is using a sextant to take a navigational reading, a task referred to aboard ship as “shooting the sun.” Before the days of global positioning, sailors used a sextant to measure the angle between the horizon and the noontime sun and thereby help determine latitude.

    Works by McClelland Barclay in the Navy Art Collection

     
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