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    Re: Camel-train Navigation.
    From: Trevor Kenchington
    Date: 2003 Nov 3, 00:00 -0400

    Rodney Myrvaagnes wrote:
    > No doubt the Admiralty charts in the Channel and surrounds have been
    > refined to a fare-thee-well over the centuries, but I can find survey
    > errors in modern charts of the Maine coast, based on Admiralty surveys
    > in the 17th and 18th centuries.
    > [snip]
    > Sorry for wandering, but this is important for anyone using a really
    > tight navigation system like GPS.
    I could not agree more, though I'd extend the caution even further:
    On the Nova Scotian coast, not 20 miles from Halifax Harbour, there is a
    charted island (shown as dry at high water) which is really a shoal that
    is covered even at the lowest tides. Fortunately, it is so far out of
    the way that not even the kyakers or windsurfers ever encounter it
    (though a couple of us hauled SCUBA gear down to the adjacent beach and
    took a closer look).
    A bit further on, there is a well-known error where the charts show the
    channel up Petpeswick Inlet passing west of one particular island,
    whereas yachts bound up to the club at the head of the Inlet really have
    to make a sharp dog-leg to the east.
    I could continue -- and without citing any cases where the last survey
    predates 1850.
    Moral: You don't need to be using GPS to treat charts with a healthy
    dose of scepticism, particularly if you are operating a small boat in
    places where neither warships nor freighters ever go.
    Trevor Kenchington
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