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    Re: Another movie sextant
    From: David Pike
    Date: 2015 May 25, 01:23 -0700

    Another movie sextant
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2015 May 24, 16:10 -0700

    I spotted this one last night in a recent movie (released only a few months ago). As you can see, this "diabolical pirate above the sea" owns a sextant but it's mostly for show --he's using it one-handed. There are sufficient clues here to identify this opus, this masterpiece of cinema, but I won't give it away just yet.

    Frank Reed

     

    Would you call that a “crow’s nest” or a “top”, and would it be the nest place to take a sight?  You’d get a better view of the horizon, but the “dip” correction would be greater.  Also, you’d be moving around more than on the quarter deck.  The only time I was required to climb a mast, I was too busy hanging on with both hands to have attempted celestial sights, and these days, if I remembered what I’d gone up there for, I’d have forgotten the reading by the time I got down.  Dave

     

       
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