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    Re: History of Bowditch's Navigator
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2005 Feb 6, 11:46 +0000

    Frank Reed wrote, about Campbell's history of Bowditch-
    >And of course, there has been both more history and more scholarship
    >in the forty years since Campbell completed his bibliography.
    May I add that Frank's posting of 3 Feb under this threadname, summarising
    the various calculation methods for lunar-distance, is a fine example of
    such recent scholarship. It's clear that he would have much to add to such
    a history, in depth.
    From the perspective of history, and with the benefit of an analysis such
    as Frank has made, it seems to me that we Nav-l listmembers are in a better
    position than mariners have ever been, to compare and contrast and evaluate
    and UNDERSTAND the various methods that were used for lunar distance.
    In the past, an aspiring navigator would have little choice but to follow
    whatever routine was used on the vessel he was apprenticed to; or that
    drilled into him, with little attempt at understanding, at an onshore
    "crammer". Aren't we fortunate? What a pity it is that such a topic, so
    technically intriguing, is today of little more than historical interest.
    We rely on the small but enthusiastic band of practising lunarians, on land
    and at sea, to keep it alive.
    contact George Huxtable by email at george@huxtable.u-net.com, by phone at
    01865 820222 (from outside UK, +44 1865 820222), or by mail at 1 Sandy
    Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.

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