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    Re: Joshua Slocum's navigational methods
    From: Peter Fogg
    Date: 2005 Apr 17, 09:48 +1000

    But the fact that he was an experienced ship's captain (more than usually
    resourceful, too) PLUS the fact that he was remarkably casual about having
    correct time (not being much concerned when the minute hand fell off his
    cheap clock) would seem to be indications that he had an independent trick
    up his sleeve - being long professional experience with lunars?
    As to the lack of mention, most of us would have some professional skill
    that we are familiar with but which might be baffling to the general public.
    So we normally don't go into it in any excruciating detail, or harp upon it.
    We might mention it once, or in passing. For example.
    I would have thought his 'earlier commercial voyages' are more than a little
    relevant when it comes to analyzing his yacht cruise. One of the ways his
    book is different to so many that follow is the relaxed attitude - nothing
    seems to have fazed him. But then it wasn't so new, he had had so many
    adventures before. This was, by comparison, a pleasure cruise...
    From:  Frank R
    Sent: Sunday, 17 April 2005 9:18 AM
    Subject: Re: Joshua Slocum's navigational methods
    Dan H, you wrote:
    "Since Slocum was an experienced see Captain of many years, and based on his
    writings. I would say he used Lunars more than once in his voyage."
    I think it's important to distinguish Slocum's circumnavigation from his
    earlier commercial voyages. The risk, whatever it may have been, was
    entirely his own when he was sailing around the world. He had no schedule to
    keep, no cargo to deliver, no crew to keep safe and secure...

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