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    Re: Fw: Nautical Day
    From: Trevor Kenchington
    Date: 2004 Feb 8, 18:09 +0000

    Henry Halboth wrote:
    > I have otherwise searched American navigational references available to
    > me back the year 1795, find no reference whatsoever to the Nautical Day -
    > makes me wonder if perhaps this may have been a European custom.
    Dana's "The Seaman's Friend" (my reprint is of the 1845 edition) states
    (p.134): "As soon as the sun crosses the meridian, eight bells are
    struck, and a new sea day begins." Unless somebody has reason to think
    that such a "sea day" followed the principles of the astronomical day, I
    would say that U.S. mercantile practice circa 1840 used the nautical day
    as standard. [I also have a reprint of the 1879 edition of Dana, which
    has identical wording. However, that may be nothing more than a failure
    to update the text of later editions.]
    Trevor Kenchington
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