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    Re: Paper by Bill and Merri Carter
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2010 Nov 23, 21:44 -0000

    Richard Langley brought attention to the following abstract of a paper in
    the latest issue of The Journal of Navigation.
    
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Richard B. Langley" 
    To: 
    Sent: Monday, November 22, 2010 7:12 PM
    Subject: [NavList] Paper by Bill and Merri Carter
    
    RIN members might want to be on the lookout for a paper in the latest issue
    of The Journal of Navigation:
    
    http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=7896219
    
    Title and abstract:
    The Age of Sail: A Time when the Fortunes of Nations and Lives of  Seamen
    Literally Turned with the Winds Their Ships Encountered at Sea
    
    This paper examines the evidence to support the view that the inability of
    seamen to determine accurate longitude at sea in sailing ships was a major
    factor in the loss of ships and crews that was effectively solved by the
    introduction of the marine chronometer. It concludes that this was not the
    case and that a more compelling factor for the safety of ships was the
    introduction of mechanical propulsion systems.
    
    -- Richard Langley
    
    =========
    
    From that, I deduce that Richard has read the abstract, but not the paper
    itself, though he doesn't say so.
    
    Frank Reed followed that with another posting on the same subject, from
    which I deduce that he has not read the paper either, but he doesn't say
    so.
    
    I have read it, and subsequently had quite a bit of correspondence with one
    of the authors, Bill Carter.
    
    My advice to Navlist members is that the should not bother with this paper,
    which does not fulfil the promise of its abstract. If anyone would like to
    discuss it in more detail, I would be quite happy to take it further, but
    otherwise it does not seem to me to be worth the expenditure of digital
    dots.
    
    George.
    
    contact George Huxtable, at  george{at}hux.me.uk
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
    
    
    
    
    

       
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