Plain sailing was a simplified method of navigation which assumed the world was flat or on the plane. This meant that distances were measured the same no matter what latitude you were on. As opposed to the Mercator projection system where the Earths curvature was used and distance measurement changed the further North or South you went. This would only work over short distances and was, at best, only approximate. Pre 17th century.
By SailingQuiz September 2019 Category: Nautical Saying
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