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    Re: Maskelyne et al
    From: Dan Allen
    Date: 2003 Jun 11, 13:07 -0700

    On Wednesday, June 11, 2003, at 11:42 AM, George Huxtable wrote:
    > The man who knows most about the period on this list is Steven
    > Wepster, who
    > has written a dissertation on Mayer, and I hope he will correct
    > anything I
    > have got wrong.
    Thanks George for the info; I'd love to hear more from Steven Wepster
    about Mayer.
    I think that there are two types of us on this mailing list: those that
    simply want to learn celestial navigation fast and get on with it in
    practice, and those of us that really want to know and understand all
    of the theory behind things.  I am in the latter category, and learning
    about the history of navigation helps make the theory a bit more
    interesting along the way, so I am all for these excursions into the
    history of celestial navigation.
    Having said that, I also enjoy the more practical side of things.  I do
    get out and actually need to navigate.  I have just returned from a 5
    day trip from Seattle up to Campbell River, British Columbia, about 200
    nmi each way.  I went with a friend aboard his 18' open boat up the
    Inside Passage and it was a fabulous trip.

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