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    Re: Chauvenet's practical navigation experience
    From: Greg Rudzinski
    Date: 2010 Mar 15, 14:21 -0700

    Henry,

    At the very end of this post is reference to the USNS Chavenet built in Scotland in 1970. I actually had the honor of serving on this vessel in 1985 when bottom surveys were being performed for the Indonesian government for their uncharted waters. If my memory serves me right there were several blank white spots on the regions charts that were simply marked dangerous waters. One such spot was as big or bigger than Texas. I was told that during WW2 submarines would enter these uncharted waters to hide. Ironically the USNS Chavenet was nearly lost going aground on an uncharted reef. After my service aboard she was sold to the Chilean government and eventually found her way back to the U.S. as a training ship for the Texas Maritime Academy.

    GRudzinski
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