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    Re: Chauvenet's practical navigation experience
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2010 Mar 16, 08:51 -0700

    Henry H, you wrote:
    "Attached please find a balanced, unabridged, uneditorialized and unbiased version of the subject's accomplishments." etc.

    Yes, you copied and pasted from a web site. Since you took it from a site with a very prominent copyright notice, I am going to have to remove that text after some period of time (like a month if possible, or immediately if they ask me to) but the link to their web site will still be there so it should not affect readability.

    That's actually a very nice biography, albeit fairly pedestrian (and I see Herbert says it's mostly borrowed from a single source). I've seen it before. I think two years ago or so... Unfortunately, like some other online biographies, it gives no indication of how very minimal Chauvenet's sea experience actually was. It was a few days at most.

    Your description of this short Chauvenet biography as "unbiased", un-this, un-that seems like more horseshit unfortunately. Are you done yet??

    And you wrote:
    "BTW, I do not recall anyone claiming the subject to have been an experienced practical navigator"

    Well I do. It was George Huxtable who did so at least twice. This is an understandable error, but an error nonetheless. Most of these short biographies state that Chauvenet served on a US Navy vessel, the steamship Mississippi. It is not surprising that people have jumped to the conclusion that he had real navigation experience or at least significant sea experience.

    -FER

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