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Re: The Frank Reed School of Navigation
From: Frank Reed
Date: 2009 May 3, 01:19 -0700

```Bill B (billyrem42),

Before I get to your message about quahogs, I wanted to mention that you are
responsible for one of the few improvements that I've added over the past few
years to that method for finding longitude with sights around noon. I
proposed calculating the detailed correction for each sight individually: if
the vessel's N/S speed component is six knots towards the Sun then a sight
which is thirty minutes after the first would be adjusted down by three
minutes of arc, etc. You made the good suggestion of drawing a line above the
initial parabolic data where the slope in minutes of arc per hour is equal to
the speed (N/S component) in minutes of arc per hour. Then just read up the
graph from each sight and pick off the correction with a pair of dividers (or
a slip of paper). Very efficient and easy to teach!

Of towns with improbable names, you wrote:
"I fondly remember family trips to beautiful and quaint Quahaug, RI--nestled
between Little Neck and Poquauhock, RI ;-)"

Yes, there will be branch locations for the school in each of those towns. ;-)

And:
"When I lived in RI, circa 1958 to 1960, Quonset/Davisville was quite busy,
with everything from destroyers to aircraft carries there, as well as being
the home of  "The Fighting Seabees." "

The Navy was big in New England back then. One of my childhood memories
(c.1972) is of an air show at Quonset Point NAS when Bill Fornoff lost his
life when his F8F Bearcat broke up as he was coming out of a steep dive. I
remember his son, who flew a matching aircraft, spiralling around the plume
of smoke from the crash site --which he surely knew was unsurvivable.

And you concluded:
"Anyone that has not sucked down a steamed Little Neck or Cherry Stone, or
eaten a good RI clam cake/fritter has missed one the true joys of life IMHO.
Not to mention the local clam chowders, the recipes for which are all over
the map."

That's it. Now you've done it. Gonna have to treat myself to seafood early this week.

-FER
PS: I don't want to waste further NavList bandwidth on it, but I wanted to say
thanks to all of you who got a kick out of the original post in this thread
and posted on it. I'm glad I made you laugh.

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