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    From: John Huth
    Date: 2009 Jun 3, 18:47 -0400
    George -

    Many thanks for your help.   You are quite correct that the specific line may have been made up for dramatic purposes, which is why I'm being cautious.  If this rings a bell for anyone, I'd appreciate it.   I don't have the time to go through the microfilms.    I'm trying to collect a number of instances of cases where famous navigational errors have been made and trace the source of them.

    Two of note, for which I have primary sources are

    1.) The Hubbard-Wallace-Ellson canoe expedition in Labrador, where they turned up the wrong river in search of Lake Michikamau.   This resulted in the starvation death of Hubbard.   Primary source = The Lure of Labrador by Wallace.

    2.) The Freuchen-Rasmussen crossing of the North Greenland icecap.   Peter Freuchen slept over 24 hours after the west-east crossing and got mixed up by a day.   This was in June, and he didn't catch his error.   On their return on the east-west recrossing, the intersected the west coast about 60 miles north of their target position.     Primary source = Arctic Adventure by Freuchen.   It's an interesting error because the declination of the sun changes little in June, but much more rapidly around the equinox, so that fact conspired to cause the largest problem for them on return.

    If there are other famous navigation slip-ups out there - not necessarily celestial navigation, I'd welcome them.

    Many thanks!

    JH

     

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