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    Re: Flinders' Survey of Australia.
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2008 Mar 12, 19:25 -0400

    Peter, you wrote:
    "This is something that I have heard/read again and again although that, of
    course, does not make it true.  It certainly sounds unlikely, particularly
    to anyone from long-established and well-mapped places.  My understanding is
    that this applies particularly to parts of the north west (the 'top end' of
    the state of Western Australia) coast that have always been and remain
    particularly isolated and barely inhabited.  As well, the coast is a
    complicated one with many off-shore islands and reefs, plus the tidal range
    is comparatively great.  So all in all a good place to avoid."
    
    Yes, I can imagine. It would not surprise me at all if Flinders' positions
    were still the best available, let's say, fifty years ago. But I would bet
    they've been superceded. Similarly, there were some positions measured by
    Cook in the South Pacific that were the best available until some time in
    the middle of the 20th century. I can imagine one possible exception:
    soundings. There's no real replacement for direct depth soundings, and it's
    very possible that there are some from the 18th/early 19th centuries still
    present on Australian charts today.
    
    And:
    "Did I mention the crocodiles? "
    
    LOL. No. But I bet they're friendly and cute.
    
     -FER
    
    
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