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    Sextants in the news
    From: Frank Reed CT
    Date: 2006 Sep 9, 23:31 -0500

    I googled "sextant" on google's news page today.

    There's a sad story of a guy in California who spent 26 years building
    a "Galway Hooker" (a traditional Irish sailing workboat) and wrecked it
    on the maiden voyage. He managed to salvage the sextant the next day,
    but otherwise the boat was a total loss. Here's the story:

    I sure hope this guy had a GPS receiver aboard as well as a sextant. If
    not, I bet he's beating himself up over it now...

    There was also an article about merchant marine education on the NY
    Times web site. I could not access the entire article without paying
    for it. But this correction caught my eye: "August 24, 2006, Thursday:
    An article on Tuesday about the New York School of Seamanship, which
    opened last month on Staten Island, referred imprecisely to the role of
    the sextant, a measuring instrument, in celestial navigation. It is
    used in some forms of celestial navigation, but is not essential to

    A sextant is not essential in celestial navigation? Well, maybe. But
    good luck without one!


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