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    Re: Correction on lunars count for CWM
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2003 Dec 18, 15:24 -0500

    Frank,
    
    BTW, thank you for pointing out these logs!
    
    Fred
    
    On Dec 18, 2003, at 3:12 PM, Frank Reed wrote:
    
    > Last week I wrote:
    > "While I'm here, I can elaborate a bit on one of those logs. The first
    > mate's
    > (?) log from the maiden voyage of Mystic Seaport's whaleship, the
    > Charles W.
    > Morgan, has miraculously survived. The ship left New Bedford in
    > September of
    > 1841 and returned home when the barrels were full of oil in January of
    > 1845.
    > This was a typical length for a whaling voyage in mid-century. She
    > spent most of
    > this time in the Pacific and made port every few months in Peru or
    > California.
    > The vessel also stopped a number of times in the Galapagos to pick up
    > the
    > ingredients for turtle soup. In those 39 long months, there is one
    > "longitude by
    > lunars". The rest are "by chrono". But there are a couple of terse
    > references
    > to officers "working lunars" which make it clear that the ship's
    > navigators
    > were aware that they needed to keep in practice. This level of usage
    > is about
    > what you would expect: c.1840 is often cited as the time period when
    > lunars had
    > become decidedly secondary in navigation. "
    >
    > I was *wrong* about the count of lunars being "only one". Right after
    > I posted this message, I started having doubts since I had personally
    > verified only a few months of the log and the rest was hearsay.
    > Fortunately, the log of the Charles W. Morgan has been digitized
    > recently and it is now available in the online library at Mystic
    > Seaport's web site
    > (http://www.mysticseaport.org/library/initiative/FunderList.cfm?
    > FundingAgent=Andrew%20W.%20Mellon%20Foundation).
    >
    > There are 22 longitudes by lunar in that log in the period from Sep.
    > 6, 1841 to Jan. 2, 1845. Here's a complete list of lunars/luners with
    > the dates if you want to take a look at them yourself. Notice the
    > clustering in certain periods when someone aboard must have taken a
    > special interest in the technique. These periods are usually separated
    > by gaps of four to six months when no lunars were taken at all.
    >
    > 1841/11/17
    > 1841/11/21
    >
    > 1842/04/16
    > 1842/05/15
    > 1842/07/11
    >
    > 1843/01/06
    > 1843/01/08 (being worked, no lon)
    > 1843/01/23
    > 1843/01/24
    > 1843/05/04 (being worked, no lon)
    > 1843/12/15
    > 1843/12/16
    > 1843/12/17
    >
    > 1844/01/14
    > 1844/03/10
    > 1844/03/12
    > 1844/03/26
    > 1844/03/28
    > 1844/08/04
    > 1844/10/03
    > 1844/10/07
    > 1844/10/20
    > 1844/12/13
    > 1844/12/14
    >
    > There are also a number of other logbooks from other vessels which
    > they've digitized recently, and they include some really fascinating
    > navigational details. You could explore for years!
    >
    > Frank E. Reed
    > [X] Mystic, Connecticut
    > [ ] Chicago, Illinois
    >
    
    
    

       
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