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    Re: Joshua Slocum's navigational methods
    From: Bill B
    Date: 2005 Apr 16, 19:36 -0500

    Frank responded to Dan Regarding Slocum:
    > Sounds about right for a prudent mariner with cargo or lives at risk. Then
    > again, a prudent man would have gotten his chronometer repaired. Was Joshua
    > Slocum a prudent man? Did he have anything to lose besides self-esteem? He was
    > a man setting out to prove himself and make a little fame and money off it if
    > possible. He succeeded more or less, but I wouldn't call him prudent. Do you
    > remember reading in the book that he didn't know how to swim?
    If memory serves me, most  sailors of old did not know how to swim. I cannot
    recall the source of the quip, but I think is was Alex.  Something to the
    effect that, "Crew tended to worry about a captain that had learned to swim.
    Perhaps he had doubts in his navigating abilities."

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