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    Re: The Nautical Day
    From: Kieran Kelly
    Date: 2004 Feb 9, 09:34 +1100

    I have followed the debate about the nautical day and whether it caused
    confusion or not. I am surprised, as Cook as been used as an example, that
    no one mentioned that he got his days confused when he crossed the position
    of what we now call the International Date Line on his journey west from
    Tahiti towards New Zealand.
    
    As a consequence he was one day out from this part of the journey onwards
    and it was not rectified until he arrived back in England.
    
    An interesting consequence is that he placed New Zealand a little to the
    west of its actual location i.e. closer to Australia. This would cause
    consternation to both modern Australians and New Zealanders and thankfully
    has been rectified.
    
    Kieran Kelly
    
    
    

       
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