rhumb line

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a line on a sphere that cuts all meridians at the same angle

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the equator as well as all lines of longitude are simultaneously both Rhumb Lines and Great Circles.
In that case the flow of geodesics, the rhumb line or projected charts are based on other mathematical expressions due to the fact the different geometrical structure is applied.
We went wide of the rhumb line and only needed a couple of gybes to make Tasman Light.
A ship will follow a loxodrome, or rhumb line, by maintaining a constant compass reading that can only be plotted on a Mercator chart with accuracy.
That year an early typhoon headed straight up the rhumb line from Hong Kong to Manila.
(i) Under most conditions, one would straight-line it from Tasman Island to Cape Raoul, giving the Raoul a slightly wide berth (about 1nm off).The only time you would want to be slightly north of this rhumb line and closer to the Raoul would be in smooth water and/or under sea-breeze conditions, when the NE ocean sea breeze can get squeezed between Tasman Island and Cape Pillar (Tasman Passage), and slightly more pressure can result just to the north of the rhumb line.
She did well by going well west of the rhumb line, right inshore along much of the Tasmanian coast.
According to the "Mapping the Philippine Seas" catalogue, produced by the Philippine Map Collectors Society, the map "shows coasts, towns and interior topography, and is also a sea chart with a stylized sun as the center point and four compass roses at the cardinal points of the hidden circle formed by intersecting rhumb lines. Two tracks for the Manila Galleon are shown, one around the north of Luzon and the other through the San Bernardino Strait, as well as the routes taken by Ferdinand Magellan and for trading with China.
It is a compelling new "spatial history of empire," which reads the rhumb lines and river charts to reconstruct the coherent vision of British imperialism articulated in the 1760s (6-7).
Concurring with Stephens (2013), I wish to close with Glissant's (1997) spatial imaginary of the Caribbean as an explosion of the networks of the oceanic navigational rhumb lines and bordered spaces, so favoured by the colonial powers, so that they lose their orientation and allow a new possible way of visualising the spatiality of the Caribbean as area.
While the interrelations between the different sets of information are too complex to follow all at once, the rhumb lines supply a clear rational structure and even coalesce to form a beautifully intricate pattern.