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    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2010 Mar 24, 05:57 -0700

    I am very sorry I haven't posted in a few days. I have immersed myself in 19th century navigation for the class I'm teaching this weekend. But I can't resist telling you about a book published in 1891: "The sextant and other reflecting mathematical instruments, with practical hints, suggestions, and wrinkles, on their errors, adjustments and use" by F.R. Brainard, USN. It's fun.

    So, I will be back to posting soon. If I take a break in the next few days, I will try to catch up. Otherwise, I will be back on Monday.

    The class "Celestial Navigation: 19th century methods" has filled up with twenty people attending. Who would have imagined? Typical attendance for the standard eight-week HO229 course in "modern" late-20th-century celestial navigation in the past five years at Mystic Seaport has been one to three paying students annually (plus a few auditors from the Williams-Mystic program who generally dropped out after the first three weeks or four weeks).

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