Welcome to the NavList Message Boards.

NavList:

A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding

Compose Your Message

Message:αβγ
Message:abc
Add Images & Files
    or...
       
    Reply
    Re: Lunars in literature
    From: Hewitt Schlereth
    Date: 2009 Jan 30, 20:11 -0400

    Hey, thank you, thank you, all three. Two years ago a friend loaned me
    his copy of the edition with the illustrations by Alexander Kent. It
    was my second read (over a span of 50 years) and I did not recall any
    of these references.  Hewitt
    
    On 1/30/09, George Huxtable  wrote:
    >
    >  Hewitt Schlereth asked-
    >
    > | Has anyone searched Moby Dick for lunars, noon sight or sextant? If
    >  | not, sounds like MD may be digitized and sitting somewhere searchable.
    >  | How do I go about it?
    >  |
    >  | Hewitt
    >
    >
    > I don't recall Melville taking much interest in navigation, in Moby Dick,
    >  perhaps for the reasons I put forward earlier, that a whaler is indifferent
    >  to latitude and longitude. To be honest, I've never enjoyed reading Moby
    >  Dick, on account of its flowery and allegorical language. I prefer direct
    >  and simple writing.
    >
    >  But Hew's proposed search might turn up something of interest. I'm pretty
    >  sure it will have been digitised. This is how I would go about such a
    >  search, though it may not be the most efficient way-
    >  In the Google search box, type in Google Books. Having got there, click on
    >  "advanced search". This takes you to a form in which you can enter "Moby
    >  Dick" as the title, and "Melville" as the author. It will give various
    >  options for your search, and choose "full view", which will reject any
    >  versions that have not been fully digitised. Then click Search.
    >  You will then see any fully-digitised options: there may possibly be more
    >  than one edition or version to choose from.
    >  You can then scan down the pages, or choose particular pages to read, but
    >  instead, you will want to enter "lunar" or perhaps "lunar*" (which will
    >  embrace both lunar and also lunars) and click "search". It should then list
    >  any occurrences of that word in the column on the right. However, that
    >  searching action is not 100% accurate, depending as it does on
    >  word-recognition using OCR (optical character recognition). Bit it's
    >  remarkably good.
    >
    >
    >  George.
    >
    >  contact George Huxtable, at  george{at}hux.me.uk
    >  or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    >  or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
    >
    >
    >  >
    >
    
    --~--~---------~--~----~------------~-------~--~----~
    Navigation List archive: www.fer3.com/arc
    To post, email NavList@fer3.com
    To unsubscribe, email NavList-unsubscribe@fer3.com
    -~----------~----~----~----~------~----~------~--~---
    
    

       
    Reply
    Browse Files

    Drop Files

    NavList

    What is NavList?

    Join NavList

    Name:
    (please, no nicknames or handles)
    Email:
    Do you want to receive all group messages by email?
    Yes No

    You can also join by posting. Your first on-topic post automatically makes you a member.

    Posting Code

    Enter the email address associated with your NavList messages. Your posting code will be emailed to you immediately.
    Email:

    Email Settings

    Posting Code:

    Custom Index

    Subject:
    Author:
    Start date: (yyyymm dd)
    End date: (yyyymm dd)

    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site