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    Introduction (Overdue)
    From: Bruce J. Pennino
    Date: 2011 Jun 8, 17:53 -0700


    I've enjoyed NavList discussions for several months. I'm relatively new to CN
    (hobby only) , but find it very interesting from a physical science and math
    viewpoints. I'm a dinghy sailor for 40 years, but selling my Rhodes 19 to buy a
    "family" powerboat. I'm a semi-retired civil engineer, teacher, and done other technical things.

    My interest in CN started with my father-in-law who was interested in astronomy and meteorology. He was a weatherman in WWll and enlisted Dec 8, 1941 and mustered out 4 years later. He was from Plattsburgh,NY , asked for duty in Alaska or Aleutians where there would be lots of cold weather. His duty stations were first in Australian outback, then New Guinea , and lastly Philippines. I read his book Illustrated Longitude and became hooked. Just finished reading Fitzroy, Darwin'sCaptain, by John and Mary Gribbin. Over 5 years Fitzroy did a meridian chain around the world with a closure of 20 odd seconds. He had 23 chronometers on board. Never new until I read book that Beagle was primarily on a hydrographic survey of Cape Horn. A very good read! My CN course at Mystic with FER sealed my interest.

    Looking forward to more interesting information.

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