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    Re: Naval Quartermasters and M.M.Officers
    From: Stacy Hanna
    Date: 2004 Feb 3, 17:45 -0500

    I'm really not sure when Quartermasters became the primary celestial
    navigators in the Navy. The earliest training manuals that I have for
    QMs are from the 1950s and celestial navigation was part of the job at
    that time. I have posted your question to a message board that is used
    by a lot of current and retired (many who served in World War 2) navy
    personnel to see if anyone can give me a better answer. If I receive an
    answer I will post it here.
    
    The USCG has recently merged its Quartermasters with the Boatswain's
    Mates. I have had several of them attend my class and they are the
    primary ones who do celestial on the Cutters. I really don't know for
    sure about foreign navies but I believe that the Officers are much more
    involved with navigation.
    
    Stacy
    
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Navigation Mailing List
    [mailto:NAVIGATION-L{at}LISTSERV.WEBKAHUNA.COM] On Behalf Of Trevor J.
    Kenchington
    Sent: Monday, February 02, 2004 17:45
    To: NAVIGATION-L{at}LISTSERV.WEBKAHUNA.COM
    Subject: Re: Naval Quartermasters and M.M.Officers
    
    Stacy,
    
    Can you say when the hands-on work of celestial navigation in the USN
    was taken over by enlisted personnel? I assume that it was formerly a
    task for officers, since it requires at least some mathematical
    education, but I don't know whether the "formerly" means a few years
    back, a few decades or some time in the early 19th century.
    
    Do you know who fills the role on USCG cutters or on the warships of
    other navies?
    
    
    Trevor Kenchington
    
    
    
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