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    Re: Mid XIX century Nav
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2005 Nov 20, 10:44 -0500

    Dear Bruce,
    Thank you for your explanation.
    
    > The 1804 Moore lists three places on Kuisin Island.
    > The 1848 Norie lists eighteen places on Kiusiu Island.
    
    The Russians refer to the place they wanted to land as "a rock",
    without giving a name.
    
    > After a long voyage it was standard practice to turn the chronometers over to
    > an instrument maker to have their rates checked by pendulum clock.
    
    This was not an option. (The Japanese officials to whom the Russians
    spoke had never seen a world map before. They had no idea how far is
    St Petersburg, or what are the relative dimensions of Japan and Russia,
    for example. Their only knowledge of clocks came from the gifts of
    the Europeans. The Russians themselves handed several gold pocket clocks
    as gifts to the officials. These were considered the most precious gifts).
    
    Alex.
    
    
    

       
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