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    Re: Jack Aubrey's fixing of longitude
    From: Geoffrey Kolbe
    Date: 2011 Jun 20, 12:06 +0100

    At 06:39 20/06/2011, you wrote:
    >Ah, but remember, Jack Aubrey was an accomplished astronomer, he
    >made his own telescope which was set up at his estate and he had
    >presented a paper at the Royal Society.
    That was later, when he was a post captain on half pay with nothing
    better to do with his time.
    I think the observation may have been supposed to be a lunar
    occultation of Venus. But I cannot make sense of "Two seven four" as a reading.
    O'Brian is usually pretty good at the historicity of the rest of his
    Aubrey-Maturin writings and I would have hoped that he would have
    created a navigation scenario that would have had the smell of
    authenticity. It would seem not.

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