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    Re: The Nautical Day
    From: Trevor Kenchington
    Date: 2004 Feb 9, 19:49 +0000

    That is interesting, Doug!
    
    Can you explain in what ways the ship's day ends at noon? The ships I
    have worked on (mostly government research trawlers, some commercial
    fishing boats) had no break in their routines at noon. Indeed, aboard
    Australia's "Soela", we used to work 8-hour watches with one running
    0800 to 1600, so there was literally no break at noon.
    
    Do you think of your ship's days in terms of calendar dates or just as
    units of working time that span across two calendar days? If you do put
    dates on noon-to-noon days, do you use a date 12 hours ahead of, of 12
    hours behind, the civil calendar?
    
    
    Trevor Kenchington
    
    
    You wrote:
    
    > The ships' day still begins and ends at local noon at sea and while in
    > port.This is mainly done for work and watch standing purposes and has
    > nothing to do with navigation.Most likely a traditional carry over from
    > earlier times.
    
    
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    Trevor J. Kenchington PhD                         Gadus@iStar.ca
    Gadus Associates,                                 Office(902) 889-9250
    R.R.#1, Musquodoboit Harbour,                     Fax   (902) 889-9251
    Nova Scotia  B0J 2L0, CANADA                      Home  (902) 889-3555
    
                         Science Serving the Fisheries
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