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    Re: Jack Aubrey's fixing of longitude
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2011 Jun 21, 20:04 -0400

    He did lift all his sea stories from the Nautical Gazette, as pointed out 
    previously.  That could include navigation stories.  He was pretty wide 
    ranging as far as time was concerned, so, while his stories are set over a 
    period of about 12-14 years, they are lifted from actual events that occurred 
    over a much longer period.
    On Jun 21, 2011, at 6:05 PM, Wolfgang Koeberer wrote:
    > This has been a lively discussion - but leading nowhere. Does anyone really 
    believe that Patrick O'Brian had any realistic notion of astronomical 
    navigation - leaving aside the finer points of lunars etc.? What would be the 
    basis of such a belief? Could one show from his books that he had a solid 
    grasp of these matters? He was a gifted writer as far as the actual workings 
    of a ship is concerned; and he was as - a writer - at liberty to shift the 
    actual time (and place) of events if they fitted the tale - and he really did 
    so as he confessed in some forewords. So I wouldn't try to match his writings 
    with actual events.
    > Wolfgang
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