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    Re: Height by sextant angle
    From: Francis Upchurch
    Date: 2014 Dec 13, 23:46 -0800

    Thanks David  for finding this.what a great read! (very amusing too, e.g, he would  have thrown the stowaway Ballantyne over board with a parachute if they been over land!). The navigator was called Cooke of all things. Here is a good bit.

    "Scott is able by skilful handling to keep the
    ship in these thick clouds to avoid superheating.
    At the same time, he judges it so nicely that
    Cooke, standing on the top of the ship, is able
    to get observations with sextant on sun and cloud
    horizon his eye being practically on a level with
    the cloud horizon, the only thing peeping up above
    the top of the cloud-bank being the top of his
    head, which is functioning in the same way as
    a submarine periscope !

    What a strange sight it would have been to
    another passing aircraft to see a man's head
    skimming along the top of a cloud-bank at
    forty knots !

    Brilliant read!


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