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    Re: A-10 Sextant Manual
    From: Douglas Denny
    Date: 2009 Jun 10, 11:21 -0700

    No... sheer coincidence.  Chichester the City on teh South coast of Britain 
    and Sir Francis Chichester have no connection that I know of.  I actually 
    live in Bosham which is 3 miles SW of Chichester;  but Chichester is the 
    closest city for anyone wishing to know my approx location in GB.
    Francis Chichester became famous here in GB for his solo circumnavigation of 
    the world in his fine yacht Gipsey Moth IV,  and for which he was knighted 
    with much pomp and circumstance in 1966. He stopped once in Sydney in the 
    This is very irritating to those who know it took much longer for Sir Robin 
    Knox-Johnstone to become recognised and knighted (in 1995) ...and without the 
    media interest and pomp and ceremony afforded Chichester,  yet he was teh 
    first to sail non-stop and single handed  around the world in his boat Suhali 
    in 1969!  
    Similarly the unknown fruit and vegatable merchnt Alec Rose from Portsmouth 
    circumnavigated the world too a year later after various misfortunes made him 
    unable to start until a year after Francis Chichester though he wanted to 
    start at the same time, and he became knighted only after the world press 
    took an interst in his personal achievement as a pensioner with a passion for 
    single-handed long distance sailing who made it through grit and 
    determination to complete the circumnavigatoin in hs relatively poorly 
    equipped boat compared to Chichester.
    His flight from New Zealand to Australia across the Tasman Sea in a Gypsey 
    Moth float aeroplane in 1931 is much less well known but is by far the most 
    amazing navigational feat for which he received the Johnston memorial Trophy 
    for Navigation in 1931.   In my view it was an astonishing achievement 
    requiring great courage and determination, but was nevertheless utterly 
    foolish and reckless in a single engined aeroplane which already had engine 
    problems with compression and valve troubles. By accounts he was a strange 
    irrascible man but very determined.
    It this flight and its description which made me very interested in the Bygrave slide rule.
    It is described in his book "The Lonely Sea and the Sky"  first printed 1964;  
    in Chapter 11 'The Tasman Sea'.
    He also describes the flight from Norfolk Island to Lord Howe Island in some 
    detail, with an accompanying chart in  "The Observer's Book on 
    Astro-Navigation"  Part four.
    These Observer's Books were published from 1940 and during the war to assist 
    the navigators recruited into the RAF.  Chichester wanted to be a pilot but 
    the RAF excluded him from operational flying because of his poor 
    eyesight(needing glasses) for which he was very discontented and bitter. He 
    was an instuctor of navigators.
    In the Observers books he describes himself also as Air Navigation Specialist, 
    Henry Hughes and Son Ltd. .. which ties in with the description given to me 
    by the gentleman who gave me the sextants who worked at Henry Hughes.
    There were four of the Observer's Books on Astro- Navigation; I have copies of them here. 
    I admire Chichester's navigation exploits very highly, but do not admire the man by all accounts of him.
    Douglas Denny.
    Chichester. England.
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