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the right of way of the public over a river to use it as a highway.

NAVIGATION. The act of traversing the sea, rivers or lakes, in ships or other vessels; the art of ascertaining the geographical position of a ship, and directing her course.
     2. It is not within the plan of this work to copy the acts of congress relating to navigation, or even an abstract of them. The reader is referred to Story's L. U. S. Index, h.t.; Gordon's Dic. art. 2905, et seq.

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But if one national government, had not so regulated the navigation of Britain as to make it a nursery for seamen -- if one national government had not called forth all the national means and materials for forming fleets, their prowess and their thunder would never have been celebrated.
Similar facts were observed on the 23rd of July in the same year, in the Pacific Ocean, by the Columbus, of the West India and Pacific Steam Navigation Company.
This market has given an immense development to commerce, to navigation, to communication by land.
It was not until we got over our first enthusiasm for navigation and had begun to return to our tree-shelter to sleep at night, that we found the Swift One.
And, completely to put the quietus on any last lingering hopes he might have had of her, he was in the thick of his spectacular and intensely bitter fight with the Coastwise Steam Navigation Company, and the Hawaiian, Nicaraguan, and Pacific-Mexican Steamship-Company.
He, too, would get a room in a quiet family, and he would go to a navigation school and study to be a captain.
A labour-saving device for mariners, navigation reduced to kindergarten simplicity," he answered gaily.
In those days, the captain's authority was restricted to the navigation and general management of the vessel: while over the whale-hunting department and all its concerns, the Specksynder or Chief Harpooneer reigned supreme.