Welcome to the NavList Message Boards.


A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding

Compose Your Message

Add Images & Files
    Re: Crossbones
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2014 May 31, 10:27 -0700


    Thanks for the heads-up. I meant to watch that but missed it. John Malkovich as a pirate (vaguely modeled on Blackbeard) is interesting casting at least. Of course their idea of a "longitude chronometer" is going to be a long way from the real thing --more magical amulet than nautical science-- but it may get people talking nonetheless.

    In addition to 2014 being the 300th anniversary of the longitude act and its associated prizes which have come to be known as the "longitude prize", next year will be one whole generation, twenty years, since Dava Sobel's "Longitude" was first published and this whole business of longitude and chronometers was liberated from the moldy confines of navigation history and rocketed into popular culture.

    Note that since Edward Teach, the original "Blackbeard", died in 1718, the idea that there was already a "longitude chronometer" is anachronistic, though there's always the option that some charlatan was peddling a mysterious contraption in the Caribbean and might have claimed that it was a "longitude chronometer" (when nitpicking fiction, it's important to leave the door open to reasonable fictional solutions). And also, except for one satirical publication, the "stuffy" word chronometer did not become a common nautical term for a "marine time-keeper" until the beginning of the 19th century, more than eighty years after Blackbeard. But that's just history trivia --no problem for a fictional pirate story! :)

    PS: Speaking of anachronistic language, I originally wrote that I meant to "tune in" to see Crossbones. Tune in?? Now I want a digital television with a tuning dial that I can crank up and down the frequency spectrum.

    NavList message boards and member settings: www.fer3.com/NavList
    Members may optionally receive posts by email.
    To cancel email delivery, send a message to NoMail[at]fer3.com

    Browse Files

    Drop Files


    What is NavList?

    Join NavList

    (please, no nicknames or handles)
    Do you want to receive all group messages by email?
    Yes No

    You can also join by posting. Your first on-topic post automatically makes you a member.

    Posting Code

    Enter the email address associated with your NavList messages. Your posting code will be emailed to you immediately.

    Email Settings

    Posting Code:

    Custom Index

    Start date: (yyyymm dd)
    End date: (yyyymm dd)

    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site