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    Re: Protractor.
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2004 Sep 22, 22:55 -0500

    Thanks, Trevor:
    
    > Since the Russians have so many for sale, the Soviets presumably
    > required that every warship navigator have one on hand.
    
    Apparently this is a standard equipment...
    Recently I was surprised to learn
    (from one of those Ukrainian sellers
    mentioned above) that even mechanical chronometers are
    still required on the Ukrainian ships!!
    
    I am not even mentioning GPS, but my $25 Casio watch easily
    beats any mechanical chronometer in precision,
    plus it has a stopwatch,
    dual time, countdown, water resistance (tested!) and 7 years
    guaranteed battery life, not mentioning the features I had
    no chance to explore yet:-)
    
    > under circumstances where the position was critical (bombarding
    > inland targets by indirect fire, for example).
    
    When I was 14 I saw one of these protractors on a navigator's
    desc of a Soviet passenger liner...
    and since then I always wanted to have
    one:-)
    
    Alex.
    
    
    

       
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