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    Re: Point Venus, May 1774
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2007 Apr 30, 12:09 +0100

    Among other things, I had written-
    | > Cook didn't have a chronometer,
    | > on this, his first voyage. Anyway, on land,
    and Alex answered-
    | George, this is a misunderstanding.
    | I was talking all the time of Cook's SECOND voyage.
    | (The dates of observations I am speaking about
    | are early May 1774.
    | He DID have a chronometer in this voyage.
    So he did. I had completely lost track of where Alex had got to in his study
    of Cook's observations, but his subject heading should have put me right, if
    I had bothered to read it. Sorry about that.
    Cook's Journal (Beaglehole vol 2) for early May 74 is no help. Cook is
    heavily involved in obtaining and preserving his ship's food stocks, and
    makes no mention of any astronomical observations. Presumably, he was then
    leaving such matters to his astronomers.
    It seems quite likely that those faulty Moon altitudes could have been taken
    by a middie, using a wooden octant. Another possibility might be that the
    wrong limb of the Moon had been chosen, and then corrected. Would the wrong
    Moon altitudes be compatible with such an error? It's no more that a
    suggestion. I don't have Wales' numbers to work on.
    contact George Huxtable at george@huxtable.u-net.com
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.|
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