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    Old question - need summary
    From: John Huth
    Date: 2010 Oct 25, 17:19 -0400


     I was doing a minor diversion for my class on the Shovell disaster, and figured I'd better bone up on the history surrounding it.   I naively thought this was in part responsible for the Longitude Act of 1714 - based on the usual suspect, who shall not be named.

    Yes, I found that Ushant and the Scillies were separated mainly by a latitude difference.   Not wanting to be a pest, I in fact, did look through the archives, and saw there was a lengthy discussion on this very point but I always have a bit of a problem with the archives.   To wit:   it's difficult to see if people on the list got to "group conclusion" of sorts.

    I apologize for dredging up an old subject, as I see that it had been discussed at some length and I did catch a lot of the back and forth in the archives.

    From what I could tell, blaming this on a solely on a lack of knowledge of longitude is a gross oversimplification and is a bit suspect.   It may very well be that improvements in navigational practice were spurred on by accidents like this, and that's probably the bigger picture. 

    Would this be a correct summary of your previous discussion, which occurred before my entry into Navlist?    Again, I don't want to open up a can of worms, but if you could tell me whether my interpretation of your discussion is roughly correct, I'd be grateful.

    Best,

    John H. 
       
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