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    From: UNK
    Date: 2006 Sep 12, 15:49 -0500

    On Mon 9/11/2006 2:27 PM, in Navlist [1268],
    George Huxtable [george@huxtable.u-net.com] asked:
    > I would be interested to find out more about Dutton's "Navigation
    > and Nautical Astronomy" (1942) and to what extent it differs fron
    > Dutton's "Navigation and Piloting" (1985). Chuck has both of these.
    > I have the 1969 edition of "Navigation and Piloting".

    "Dutton", like "Bowditch", has gone from being an author to a franchise.
    There have been 15 editions since it was originally published in 1926.
    The original title was _Navigation and Nautical Astronomy, prepared for
    the instruction of midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy_, by
    Cdr. Benjamin Dutton, jr., USN, (1883-1937).

    The US Naval Academy's on-line card catalog (dating myself there) shows
    Dutton as the sole author through the 5th edition in 1934.

    The 6th (1939) through 10th (1951) editions add the qualification
    "revised by <various> under the direction of the head of Dept. of
    Seamanship and Navigation, United States Naval Academy".

    The 11th through 14th editions are titled _Dutton's Navigation and
    Piloting_ by <various>:

       11th ed. 1958 by John C. Hill, II, Thomas F. Utegaard, and Gerard
       12th ed. 1969 by G.D. Dunlap and H.H. Shufeldt
       13th ed. 1978 by Elbert S. Maloney
       14th ed. 1985 by Elbert S. Maloney

    The latest (15th) edition (2004) goes by: _Dutton's Nautical
    Navigation_, by Thomas J. Cutler.

    * * * * *

    I have my father's 1939 edition and my own 1969 and I doubt they have
    much text in common. I'd guess the 11th edition was a keel-up overhaul.

    While much of Dutton is applicable to larger vessels than I will ever
    control (managing a team of plotters, recorders, & lookouts; station
    keeping in fleet maneuvers; allowing for offset and transfer when
    turning; etc.) it's well written and solid. After getting my start on
    both piloting and celestial from Mixter, this was the text that made me
    feel like I really understood the subjects.

    -- Peter Smith

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