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    Re: Moby Dick Tales
    From: Don Seltzer
    Date: 2019 Jan 10, 10:46 -0500
    On Thu, Jan 10, 2019 at 1:02 AM John D. Howard <NoReply_Howard@fer3.com> wrote:
    I seem to remember that Melvile was a crew member on a whale ship but I don't think he was a ship's officer.  So knowing about the working of the ship makes sense but navigation seems to be a close secret for the officers - you cannot mutiny with out knowing navigation!

    Melville's time at sea aboard a whaler and then a short stint in the USN aboard the frigate United States was strictly as a forecastle hand.  No quarterdeck privileges for him.  The closest he would have come to navigation is in assisting in casting the log.

    Don Seltzer
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