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    Lunars: USNA 1889
    From: Frank Reed CT
    Date: 2006 May 13, 02:13 -0500

    I was reading Congressional testimony from the  navigation instructor at the
    US Naval Academy a few days ago. It's from 1889. A  Congressman specifically
    asks, "do you teach lunar observations?". The  navigation instructor says
    (paraphrasing), "no. if they want to learn, they can  read the book".

    Considering that the two navigation textbooks at the USNA  in 1889 (Bowditch
    and Coffin) have chapters on this, I was a little surprised.  I'm not suprised
    that they weren't using lunars at sea in 1889. That much is  obvious. I was
    surprised that the teaching of them had been abandoned  completely. I'm more
    convinced than ever that "Chauvenet's method" for clearing  lunars, which is the
    one in those textbooks, has probably been used more often  by navigation
    enthusiasts in the past ten years than it ever was in the last ten  years of the
    nineteenth century by practical navigators.

    42.0N  87.7W, or 41.4N 72.1W.

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