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    Re: Maury and Spooner on longitude at sunset
    From: Sean C
    Date: 2015 Oct 20, 00:25 -0700

    Rommel,

    Thanks for posting this. As I mentioned in a previous message, I live only a stone's throw from Lake Maury in Newport News, Virginia. I became mildly interested in the life of Commander Maury after researching the naming of the lake. As to why he got the credit as opposed to Spooner...I can only speculate that people were more likely to attribute the discovery to someone whose name and achievements were already well known, as opposed to a "quiet, unpretending" Nantucketer.

    Regards,

    Sean C.

       
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