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    Re: The Shovell disaster
    From: Nicol�s de Hilster
    Date: 2007 Nov 12, 10:55 +0100

    In NavList 3740 Ted Gerrard wrote in a comment on Frank Reed's comments
    on the UK Times article "Sir Cloudesley: a tribute":
    > *
    > What was surprising was that the spread across the fleet's 7 backstaff
    > noon sights was biased entirely to the south of the fleet's true
    > position, the best of the bunch being some 12 miles in error. Had the
    > spread straddled the true latitude the disaster just might have been
    > averted.
    > *
    Where did that number of "7 backstaff noon sights" originate from? It is
    not based on the article in the UK Times, neither did it come from May's
    work 'The Last Voyage of Sir Clowdisley Shovel'.
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