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    Re: Peter Ifland's "Taking the Stars"
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2003 Sep 4, 14:05 -0400

    Thanks for going to the horse's mouth on this.  At least the ships'
    Navigators are still learning how from you!
    On Thursday, Sep 4, 2003, at 10:08 US/Eastern, Stacy Hanna wrote:
    > Fred Hebard wrote
    > "Dr. Ifland repeats the statement that the U.S.NavalAcademy has
    > discontinued its required course in celestial navigation. Apparently,
    > the course, which had been taught since the Academy was founded in
    > 1845, has been replaced with a modern equivalent, as people continue to
    > maintainon this list that midshipmen are still instructed in celestial
    > navigation. But apparently they are not instructed as thoroughly or to
    > such length. At last these conflicting claims about the Academy
    > abandoning instruction in celestial navigation appear to be clarified."
    > I checked into it to find out exactly what they are teaching at the
    > academy  now and this is what I found. Third year Midshipmen get a 1
    > hour class in Celestial Theory, 1 hour on computing Sunrise/Sunset by
    > stripform, 1 hour for latitude by LAN, latitude and gyro error by
    > Polaris by stripform. They are then tested on doing a full days work
    > in navigation using a computer program instead of stripforms. Having
    > worked with these midshipmen during their summer cruises and then
    > teaching Celestial Navigation to officers who are reporting to ships
    > to be Navigators, I can confidently state that Midshipmen are not
    > learning Celestial Navigation at the academy.

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