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    Re: American navigation.
    From: John Huth
    Date: 2009 Oct 31, 19:21 -0400


     I searched the archives for this one, and didn't find anything - but it's roughly along the lines of this thread.    

    I've read that a Latvian named Pauls Sprogis sailed from Austrailia to the US under the pseudonym Fred Rebell.   He fashioned a sextant out of hacksaw blades and a dime-store toy telescope (according to my source), copied an old atlas by hand.   Evidently the atlas was so old that some of the islands he came upon weren't included.   This was in the 1930's.   There are some more wild aspects to his voyage.   He was a bizarre character.

    So, unless the report is flawed, here's an example of a voyage based on highly improvised techniques.   I'd be inclined to give some of these credence.  

    For further reading, consult A Speck on the Sea by William Longyard.  It's a collection of stories of Atlantic and Pacific crossings in small vessels.   Some of them are amazingly hare-brained. 

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