A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Robin Stuart
Date: 2018 Dec 21, 12:11 -0800
Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it. The occultation reductions in the log are all rather well labelled which I think would be essential when doing a calculation of this complexity manually. The occultation of 42 Librae on 24 June, 1915 was the first and has a bit more than the rest. It refers to “Close’s Text Book” and without that I think we might have been lost.
While on the topic of this paper I would like to draw Navlisters’ attention to Appendix A. This is a transcript and replication of the navigation on the passage from the ice floe to Elephant Island. Their target had been sighted at the time they launched the boats so the celestial was mainly used to answer the question “Are we there yet?”. These are detached pages in relatively poor shape and we thought it was important that they be preserved in this way. Images are not included as they are not much to see. Unlike the pages in the other paper, not all the text was decipherable even with the help of Canterbury Museum staff on the spot,