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    Re: How Worsley Navigated
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2009 Mar 3, 23:39 -0000

    Brad has kindly sent further transcribed pages, from Worsley's log of the
    Caird voyage, and I propose to do my best to decode them. Now we have
    largely cracked the working of one observation, I expect the others will
    follow without too much hassle.
    But there are quite a few pages, so this is likely to run and run.
    Which leads me to this question. Is this a dialogue just between Brad and
    me, or is anyone else taking an interest? If anyone else is following the
    matter, please post a note to say so (even just one such request will do).
    Otherwise we will, if Brad agrees, take the discussion off-list.
    I've been following up a few contacts. I have an old friend who has actually
    crossed South Georgia, in Shackleton's tracks, about 25 years ago. He has
    alerted me to a publicatation, in a Geographical Journal, of an article
    describing a survey of Elephant Island in 1970, with fold-out map. I hope a
    copy will arrive soon. He has also pointed me to a book by Dunnett, founder
    of the James Caird Society, called "Shackleton's Boat", ISBN 0948028025.
    This appears to be now out of print, and available second-hand (from the US,
    mostly) at an eye-watering price. I've located a copy that's a bit less
    eye-watering, and hope to see it soon. I am told that it contains
    transcriptions from the Worsley log (about which more anon).
    I've also made some enquiries of my own at Canterbury Museum, where the
    original log is held. Explaining my interest, I asked if anyone else had
    analysed those observations, as there's no point in the same thing being
    done twice. They told me that an American had made enquiries , back in
    November, and kindly offered to put us in touch. This evening, he phoned me,
    and it turns out to be a navigator with whom I had had dealings some years
    ago, concerning the Lewis and Clark expedition. It is a small world we
    occupy, those interested in celestial nav. It turns out that he has a copy
    of the Dunnett book, in which he tells me that Worsley's log has been
    incompetently transcribed, by someone who clearly had no idea what all those
    numbers meant. Anyway, he and I and Brad seem to be thinking along similar
    lines. I will try to entice him into Navlist.
    contact George Huxtable, at  george@hux.me.uk
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
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