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    Re: Simple celestial navigation in 1897
    From: Frank Reed CT
    Date: 2006 Mar 4, 00:58 EST

    Regarding the navigation of the Charles W.  Morgan in 1896-97, George H wrote:
    "So I wonder whether that statement is  based on a biased sample of
    navigationally backward or ultra-conservative  mariners; such as, perhaps,
    whaling vessels. "
    I forgot  to mention a bit of trivia. John Layton, master of the vessel and
    navigator,  too, was a British citizen --a New Zealander. American whaling
    crews in this era  were drawn from every corner of the globe, especially islands.
    Only 5 out or  more than 50 crewmembers could list the US as their birthplace.
    First or second  mate on several voyages in this period was George Christian,
    a native of Norfolk  Island in the Pacific. His great grandfather was one of
    the first settlers on  Pitcairn Island and a bit of a rabble-rouser .
    42.0N  87.7W, or 41.4N 72.1W.

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