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    Shovell disaster: was- Old question - need summary
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2010 Oct 26, 20:07 +0100

    Thanks to Douglas Denny for providing a useful link to-
    which I was unaware of, and contains much information that I hadn't seen
    before. The most analytical investigation that I know of was made by W E
    May and has been offered to the list before. But here it is once again. It
    makes enlightening reading, about the abysmal state of navigation of the
    Royal Navy at the start of the 18th century. It seems clear that ignorance
    of longitude played only a minor part in the disaster. The fleet had no
    business to be as far North as it was.
    John Huth was interested to learn whether the list arrived at any sort of
    agreed consensus on the matter. Such is the nature of this list that such
    an outcome seldom arises, and didn't in this case.
    Sobel's book gave credence to several unlikely folk-legends about the
    event, retelling them as if they were fact, but then she was no more than a
    journalist, writing entertainment, and her own opinions about any
    navigational matters need not be taken too seriously.
    contact George Huxtable, at  george{at}hux.me.uk
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.


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