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    Re: Master & Commander
    From: Jim Thompson
    Date: 2003 Dec 6, 06:55 -0400

    Intriguing insight.  Did USN officers at that time augment the ship's store
    of sextants and quadrants with personal ones?
    
    Jim Thompson
    jim2{at}jimthompson.net
    www.jimthompson.net
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    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: Navigation Mailing List
    > [mailto:NAVIGATION-L{at}LISTSERV.WEBKAHUNA.COM]On Behalf Of Herbert Prinz
    > According to a table in Steven J. Dick, "Sky and Ocean Joined",
    > p.49, the Depot
    > of Charts and Instruments (the forerunner of the U.S.N.O) kept
    > 100 sextants for
    > 40 active ships in the early 1840s. Quadrants are not mentioned
    > in this table
    > but in other places we read about a need for "eight sextants and
    > four quadrants"
    > in 1832 or "12 double-framed sextants, 24 Quadrants", etc. The number of
    > chronometers, by the way, rose from about 35 in 1830 to 54 in
    > 1835 and to 131 in
    > 1846. For comparison: there were 600 to 800 compasses.
    
    
    

       
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