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    Re: Lunars: an epitaph and an obituary
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2009 Jul 16, 09:10 -0400

    Frank,
    
    Slocum DOCUMENTED but one lunar that he shot during his
    circumnavigation.  We don't know how many he shot, although available
    evidence, his book, suggests he shot only that one.
    
    Fred
    
    On Jul 15, 2009, at 11:24 PM, 
     wrote:
    
    >
    > Occasionally, I've referred to Joshua Slocum's comments in "Sailing
    > Alone Around the World" c.1900 as a fine epitaph for lunars. It's
    > been posted quite a few times before, but here are the closing
    > lines from that section of it again:
    > "The work of the lunarian, though seldom practised in these days of
    > chronometers, is beautifully edifying, and there is nothing in the
    > realm of navigation that lifts one's heart more in adoration."
    >
    > Of course, even he was writing decades after lunars had been used
    > commonly at sea, and Slocum shot but one on his circum-navigation.
    > There were a few enthusiastic mariners who remained devoted to
    > lunars in the opening years of the 20th century, but they were so
    > rare that they probably deserved a little "ribbing" a few years later.
    
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