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    Re: Jack Aubrey's fixing of longitude
    From: Geoffrey Kolbe
    Date: 2011 Jun 27, 18:00 +0100

    Thanks Frank, for your detailed exposition of the NA contemporary to
    the Aubrey observation. As you say, the data are not good enough to
    allow a meaningful Venus occultation. So, as Albert correctly said,
    we cannot consider this as a candidate.
    
    My view is that the observation was, after all, a literary invention.
    Not quite as bad a John Wayne calling out the latitude and longitude
    to the nearest second while staring through a sextant, but equally
    not representative of the reality of astro-navigation in 1805.
    
    Thanks to everyone for trying, anyway.
    
    Geoffrey Kolbe
    
    
    
    
    

       
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