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    "Sailing Alone Around the World"
    From: Doug Royer
    Date: 2004 Mar 15, 13:28 -0800

    After all the posts about this subject last year I got a copy of this
    book.Very interesting reading as you all stated.He had a wonderful way of
    looking at sailing and navigation.Well written story also.I especially liked
    the following passage from the book when the Spray was inbound to the
    Marquesas,and I quote it:
    "On the 43rd day at sea,the sky being beautufully clear and the moon being
    "in distance"with the sun,I threw up my sextant for sights.I found from the
    result of 3 observations,after long wrestling with the lunar tables,that her
    longitide by observation agreed within 5 miles of that of dead reckoning.
    In a few hrs more I should see land;and so it happened,for then I made the
    island of Nukahiva,clear-cut and lofty.the verified long. when abreast was
    somewhere between the 2 reckonings;this was extraordinary.All navigators
    will you that from one day to anither a ship may lose or gain more than 5
    miles in her sailing account,and again,in the matter of lunars,even expert
    lunarians are considered as doing clever work when they average within 8
    miles of the truth.
    I hope I am making it clear that I do not lay claim to cleverness or to
    slavish calculations on my reckonings.I have already stated that I kept my
    long.,at least,mostly by intuitionn.
    Unique was my experiance in nautical astromomy from the deck of the
    Spray-some much so that I feel jusified in telling it here.The 1st set of
    sights,just spoken of,put her many hundred miles west of my reckoning by
    account.I knew this was not correct.In an hrs. time i took another set of
    observations with the utmost care;the mean result of these was about the
    same as the 1st set.I asked myself why,with my boasted self-dependance,had I
    not done at least better than this.I went in search of a discrepancy in the
    tables.and found it.In the tables I found that the column of figures from
    which I got an important logarithm was in error.The result of these
    obsevations naturally tickled my vanity,for I knew that it was something to
    stand on a great ship's deck and with 2 assistans take lunar observations
    nearing the truth.As one of the poorist American sailors,I was proud of the
    little acheivement alone on the sloop,even by chance though it may have
    been.
    To find local time is a simple matter.The differance between local and
    standard time is long. expressed in time-4 minutes,we all know,representing
    1 degree.this,briefly,is the principle on which long. is found independant
    of chonometers.The work of the lunarian,though seldom practised in these
    days of chronometers,is beautifully edifying,and there is nothing in the
    realm of navigation that lifts one's heart up more in adoration"
    What a well written piece dealing with part of his life and duties while
    being on the water.His outlook on sailing and navigating are refreshing to
    read.
    Thank you all who got me interested in this guy by posting about him,thus
    arrousing my curiousity.
    
    
    

       
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