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    Re: Hughes Tables
    From: Robert Eno
    Date: 2007 Jun 3, 00:30 -0400

    Thanks NS.
    I take it that they were more than just sight reduction tables?
    I am reading a book about air navigators (mostly from the old days when they
    still relied on sextants) and several of the men who related their stories
    expressed a preference for the Hughes Tables because they are/were compact
    and fast.
    400 plus pages doesn't seem very compact to me but I guess it is all
    relative. I have been toying with the idea of purchasing a copy on the 'net
    but the $85. price tag is deterring me. I may yet break down.....
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "n s gurnell" 
    Sent: Saturday, June 02, 2007 7:23 PM
    Subject: [NavList 2932] Re: Hughes Tables
    > Hi  Robert.
    >                  I was a Navigator in the '40's and 50's and used them.
    > Here are quotations from my 1943 copy:-
    >   "Compiled by L. J. COMRIE, M.A., PH.D., Late Superintendent, H.M.
    > Nautical
    > Almanac Office.
    > Preface    These tables came into being as the result of suggestions put
    > forward by Lt. Com. P.V.H. Weems, U.S.N.  (Retired during his visit to
    > England
    > in 1936...
    >   One particular source of encouragement was the fact that a chapter of
    > thee
    > new edition of THE ADMIRALTY NAVIGATION MANUAL  was devoted entirely to a
    > description of the tables.  ...
    >     It must be made clear that the only originality claimed in the three
    > main
    > tables (I, ii and iii) is that of arrangement, typography, accuracy and
    > explanation.  These same figures can in other places, but not in one place
    > , or
    > with a single latitude on each page.   not exceding the ALMANAC in bulk,
    > inexpensive , and yet affording equally well the saving that follows the
    > use of
    > an assumed position or the advantages  of a dead reckoning position when
    > required.  ...
    > it has proved fortunate that the requirements of sea and air navigation
    > have
    > not conflicted, and so can be met in a single volume, without detriment to
    > either.  ..  the U.S. NAVY,  who generously gave permission to utilise
    > material
    > On a nice morning in the tropics I could usually manage to take five or
    > six
    > sights before sunrise and have a position on the chart and down for a
    > shower
    > before 7am.. Of course in those days there was nothing but pencil or pen
    > and
    > paper and we didn't get too fancy with a cocked hat.  They gave you all
    > your
    > information and were good for all seas from Milford Sound N.Z. to
    > Yokohama, L.A
    > .  Villefranche and Oslo wthout crushing too many crabs.  I bought my
    > present
    > copy in Halifax, N.S. about 1978, after presenting my original to a
    > yachting
    > lawyer in lieu of his fee.  Cheers, nsg
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