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    Re: How did Sumner navigate in 1837?
    From: Bruce Stark
    Date: 2003 May 25, 14:58 EDT

    In his May 24 post, Peter summed up some thoughts with:
    
    "As Conrad said, the true peace of God is only
    known a thousand miles from land."
    
    Trevor commented:
    
    "Conrad's wisdom, as Peter quoted it, may be as solid guidance for
    non-electronic navigators as any of the more technical stuff that keeps
    this list busy."
    
    It also justifies Nathaniel Bowditch's attitude. He thought it best to spend
    more time
    taking observations and less time trying to get the last bit of precision out
    of each one.
    
    In those days a navigator wasn't so much concerned with his precise location.
    He just wanted to know
    whether the course was well shaped and the sea-room sufficient. Plenty of
    experience
    taking and working observations, and in keeping the reckoning, was the best
    insurance. Rather
    than work one observation to the greatest precision it was better to check it
    with other observations.
    
    On the other hand, surveyors on land often did have reason to work for the
    last bit of accuracy.
    
    Bruce
    
    
    

       
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