Welcome to the NavList Message Boards.

NavList:

A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding

Compose Your Message

Message:αβγ
Message:abc
Add Images & Files
    or...
       
    Reply
    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.
    
    George.
    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.
    
    
    --~--~---------~--~----~------------~-------~--~----~
    Navigation List archive: www.fer3.com/arc
    To post, email NavList@fer3.com
    To unsubscribe, email NavList-unsubscribe@fer3.com
    -~----------~----~----~----~------~----~------~--~---
    
    

       
    Reply
    Browse Files

    Drop Files

    NavList

    What is NavList?

    Join NavList

    Name:
    (please, no nicknames or handles)
    Email:
    Do you want to receive all group messages by email?
    Yes No

    You can also join by posting. Your first on-topic post automatically makes you a member.

    Posting Code

    Enter the email address associated with your NavList messages. Your posting code will be emailed to you immediately.
    Email:

    Email Settings

    Posting Code:

    Custom Index

    Subject:
    Author:
    Start date: (yyyymm dd)
    End date: (yyyymm dd)

    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site