A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: David C
Date: 2017 Sep 26, 15:28 -0700
Last night I had trouble sleeping so I spent some time looking out of the window at the Southern Cross. Despite light pollution it was clearly visible; the pointers in particular were very bright. It was fortunate that there was no cloud cover - it is back today!
The Cross has special significance for me. In 1955 as a youngster I emigrated from the UK to NZ with my parents. We travelled on the Shaw Saville Southern Cross on its maiden voyage from Southampton to Wellington. I have a vague memory that just before arriving in Wellington we travelled down an uninhabited coast. I suspect that we had made landfall at the Castlepoint Lighthouse (40° 54' S 176° 14' E) which was (still is?) classed as a landfall light. I wonder how many years it is since a ship made landfall at this light - twenty or thirty?
In the main lobby was a map of the world. Every day (at noon?) a pin was placed in it showing our current position.
On a later voyage (according to a book I have) the Southern Cross and its sister ship the Northern Star passed mid ocean. They had located each other by RDF.
Unfortunately at the tender age of six I had not heard of astro so did not stop and watch the bridge wings at dawn or at noon (-;