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    The Charles W. Morgan and The Practice of Navigation at Sea
    From: Doug MacPherson
    Date: 2014 Mar 19, 16:02 -0700

    Recent posts on The Charles W. Morgan got me to wondering what an average day at sea looked like for ships of that time period. I assume that Whaling ships did not have the same daily routine as a naval vessel of the time period (I could be wrong).

    My 1939 Bowditch describes the following activities:
    1. morning star sights.
    2. morning sun line.
    3. azimuth for compass error from a morning observation.
    4. noon sights.
    5. afternoon sun line.
    6. evening star sights.
    7. throw in winding the chronometers.

    Does anyone know or have a good reference for what they would have been doing in 1841 when the Morgan was launched?

    Ex-meridians, time sights and noon sights? What did a day at sea look like for the Morgan? Was it much different for a Naval Vessel of the same time period?


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