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    Re: Historical charts and mapping
    From: Mark Coady
    Date: 2016 Aug 17, 20:39 -0700

    Frank, we share many memories.........see my upload!

    I wonder how much was actual error on Stonington vs datum shift.  I have charts post 83-84 and had looked at earlier charts and seen the adjustment on NOAA charts at that time. Seaflower is so very close to 72 degrees, and near enough to a latitude line...it was a good point to compare.  I remember my father telling me about datum changes and I went to compare the charts back then...the difference was noticable with careful inspection.

    Such a great site you mentioned...The charts clear enough to read...yes!!!  I will be lost there for hours too....... Must have been maddening back then to map so tediously....whew.....It says how important a region this was.....a critical part of the Nautical economy..fishing...building....  I will see how it prints and see if I can get an overlay put together and share it....

    Such a chord resonates with the beloved old Pendleton! Last of the great Noank schooners (five masts in her day).  My uncles fishing boat was on the wooden docks looking right at her in the 60's & early 70's. As we unloaded or ventured out in search of fish..  It enchanted me..it spoke of bygone days and started my interest in historical ships and navigation.......

    I uploaded my Pendleton Treasure.  A painting left to me by my Grandmother, painted by TW Dahl on Groton Long Point. She was given it in the 1960's   I was told the frame was made out of her timbers by a local artisan.  It hung in her home for decades, and she gave it to me in the late 1990's before she died, as she knew I had such deep love of the old wreck. 

    It now is among my nautical treasures, sextants and books.

    It burned wrecks and nautical history into my interests for life...as evidenced by this poem I wrote.after a dive on a sunken fishing trawler.....if I might be permitted a small sentimental diversion from CNAV.... perhaps she went down to navigational error?

    A rusting hulk now sits forlorn
    beneath the wind and wave
    Harvester of bounties past
    silent in her grave

    Sea fronds wave in mute protest
    from rotting rope and chain
    Lobsters march through empty holds 
    with soldierly disdain

    Spars lie strewn across the decks
    festooned in garlands green 
    Where once the swelling net was poured
    the shrimp dance all between

    The colors and the shadows play
    in shades of green and blue
    No footsteps mar the sodden decks
    the fish are all her crew

    The pilothouse seems cloaked in gloom
    it has an eerie feel
    Is that the helmsmen's ghost I see?
    in the shadows aft the wheel

    The ghostly light gives fancy flight
    of a pilot cursed to be
    On a voyage through eternity
    to a port he'll never see.....

    Copyright 2008 Mark D Coady



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