Edward Preble quadrant, ca. 1780

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


This quadrant belonged to Commodore Edward Preble, a Portland native who went to sea at the age of 16. He served with distinction in the Revolutionary War and became the commanding officer of the USS Constitution, leading the U.S. Navy during the Barbary Wars of 1803-1805.

Quadrants were used for determining the position of a ship at sea based on the sun, stars and planets.

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About This Item

  • Title: Edward Preble quadrant, ca. 1780
  • Creator: Goater, I.
  • Creation Date: circa 1780
  • Subject Date: circa 1780
  • State: ME
  • Media: Wood, ivory, brass
  • Dimensions: 42 cm x 38 cm
  • Local Code: NI3
  • Object Type: Physical Object

For more information about this item, contact:

Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x219

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