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    Re: Cable units
    From: Yves Arrouye
    Date: 2001 Jul 13, 12:37 AM

    > A cable is a tenth of a mile - around 185.2 metres
    Thanks. So my memory is good (good news, given I'm just entering my 2nd 1/3
    of life expectancy!). And it's not just a French thing. Now who's going to
    write Merriam-Webster ;-)?
    > R.
    > Yves wrote.....
    > I don't know about shackle, but since the subject says cable, I have a
    > follow-up: what length is your cable unit? Merriam-Webster says:
    >    a maritime unit of length variously reckoned as 100
    > fathoms, 120 fathoms,
    > or 608 feet
    > I think in France we said 1/10th of a Nm, which is close to
    > these. But I'm
    > not sure anymore. Do English people all relate the cable to
    > the fathom, or
    > do they also relate it to the nautical mile, and then make a fathom
    > approximation (which may vary, apparently). Or was there a
    > traditional cable
    > length for vessels that gave birth to this unit?
    > YA

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