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    Coast Navigation and Captain Svend T. Simonsen
    From: Mike Burkes
    Date: 2006 Feb 2, 07:12 -0800

    Ken, Thanks much 4 info and hope Celestaire is doing ok.
    Mike Burkes
    >A major news magazine (Time I believe) wrote an article about Capt.
    >Simonsen's success in his navigation business in the very early 70s.
    >According to the article, he retired from the Merchant Marine and went to
    >work for Sears selling shoes. This got old in a hurry, and he became
    >nostalgic for involvement in navigation. He decided to place an ad in
    >Yachting Magazine (I think) which said "Learn Celestial navigation at
    >$35".  When the first check came in the mail he told his wife "well I guess
    >we have to write the first lesson".  He did, and she mimeographed it for
    >him.  When the results came back, he wrote the second lesson, and so forth.
    >This led to the formation of Coast Navigation School which later opened
    >offices in Brazil, and I think Sydney. He added his own private branded
    >Simex sextants, and became very successful.  When he died, things slowly
    >declined, and the busness inventory was sold to I think Bacon & Associates
    >in Annapolis. They slowly sold everything off, and that was the end of. At
    >about this time Joel started Nautech with an improved version of the Tamaya
    >sextant.  Maybe he can add to this recount, or correct it.
    >----- Original Message -----
    >From: "MIKE BURKES" 
    >Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 9:11 AM
    >Subject: Simex, Coast Navigation and Captain Svend T. Simonsen
    >>Hi Frank yes my Simex Mariner is equipped with polarized shades and is
    >>certainly a nice feature!
    >>Very cool u have autographed copy and any additional info on him and
    >>would be appeciated!
    >>Thanks much!
    >>Mike Burkes
    >>>From: FJones 
    >>>Reply-To: Navigation Mailing List 
    >>>Subject: Simex, Coast Navigation and Captain Svend T. Simonsen
    >>>Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2006 18:57:55 -0500
    >>>Captain Svend T. Simonsen should be referenced and not
    >>>Sorreson.  Svend autographed a copy of Blue Water Navigation,
    >>>(Cornell Maritime Press, 1947) for me in 1969.  Thumbing through
    >>>the yellowed pages bring back memories from long ago.
    >>>I also remember purchasing one of the Simex sextants from Coast
    >>>Navigation (Santa Barbara, CA) then and discovered it was made by
    >>>Tamaya.  I don't recall it being equipped with polarizing shades
    >>>Frank Jones
    >>>Rochester, NY

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