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    Expedition to document Sumner's confluence?
    From: Jim Thompson
    Date: 2004 Apr 20, 09:00 -0300

    I hope this is not too far off-topic.
    
    Sumner discovered the celestial line of position in the south end of St.
    George's Channel, very near the confluence of latitude 52d N and longitude
    006d W, between Tusker Light and Small's Light.  I'd like to sail out to
    that confluence and document it by GPS for the Degree Confluence Project
    http://www.confluence.org/.  While there, and weather permitting, I would
    like to shoot a sextant sun line to top it off.
    
    Here is Sumner's map of the area, from Peter Ifland's book:
    http://jimthompson.net/boating/CelestialNav/SumnerTrip.htm
    
    Being Canadian I do not know how to go about organizing this project.  And
    we are not rich, so our budget is limited.  But my wife wants to visit
    Ireland again, and I want to see the naval museum at Greenwich.  This boat
    trip and potential visit with other CN enthusiasts would be a bonus, if we
    could pull it off.
    
    52N 005W has been documented, by the way (Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, Wales):
    http://www.confluence.org/confluence.php?lat=52&lon=-5
    
    as has
    52N 008W (35.8 km (22.2 miles) ENE of Corcaigh, County Cork, Ireland):
    http://www.confluence.org/confluence.php?lat=52&lon=-8
    
    but 52N 007W (in the water just off Ireland) and 52N 008W have not been
    documented.
    
    Do any of the UK boaters have any suggestions for, or interest in mounting a
    holiday mini-expedition to get that done, say next summer (2005)?
    
    Jim Thompson
    jim2{at}jimthompson.net
    Charlottetown, PEI, Canada
    www.jimthompson.net/boating
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