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    Re: Polar Possessions of the SU. was: Lunars with SNO-T
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2004 Oct 26, 19:16 +0100

    As part of a useful posting, Trevor Kenchington asked
    >Is ice navigation an appropriate topic for the list? From what little I
    >understand of the topic, it doesn't have much to do with position fixing
    >but rather finding ways to manoeuvre around the ever-changing obstacles
    >created by the ice.
    Why not, I wonder? Navigation being the art (or science, or perhaps better,
    craft) of getting some sort of transport (ship, aircraft, camel, pair of
    feet, satellite) from A to B in a controlled manner, avoiding obstacles and
    dangers on the way, why should Trevor suggest that the perils of ice be
    As for position-fixing, that has rapidly become of diminishing interest in
    present-day navigation, for many participants. I except, and respect, the
    few purists who continue to navigate by the old techniques, such as Robert
    Gainer. But for most others, the practical question of where-am-I has now
    been resolved. Sailing has lost a lot of its interest and fun, once you
    know exactly where you are. The continuing interest in navigation, shown by
    this list, is in other aspects of navigation which remain relevant, and in
    the history of how navigation developed.
    Just my opinion.
    contact George Huxtable by email at george---.u-net.com, by phone at
    01865 820222 (from outside UK, +44 1865 820222), or by mail at 1 Sandy
    Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.

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