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    Re: Simple celestial navigation in 1897
    From: Frank Reed CT
    Date: 2006 Mar 4, 18:18 EST

    You wrote:
    "Given Agnes' name on the flyleaf,  the difference in handwriting
    (particulary numbers) between here and the  logbook, and the strange note on page 15,
    "Capt Sick" (handwriting on that days  entry in the logbook is quite 'shaky',
    while workbook handwriting appears as  usual), that this is actually the
    Navigation Workbook of Agnes  Layton?"
    
    All I have is a "best guess".  Here it is:
    I suspect  that Agnes Layton received the logbook as an heirloom. Maybe she
    was a daughter  or grand-daughter of John and Elizabeth. The address in New
    Bedford makes sense  then. I don't know much about the family history, but there
    are people at the  Seaport who do know, and they could clear that up if you're
    interested. I  believe that the calculations in the Navigation Workbook have
    been made by John  Layton and Elizabeth Layton, though I have no other info on
    Elizabeth. When you  get to May 12 or so in the Navigation Workbook, which is
    when Capt. Layton  leaves the ship for "medical treatment" in Hakodate
    (Hokkaido, Japan), the  navigation entries come to an end. I am assuming that
    Elizabeth Layton has also  gone to Hakodate. The logbook, meanwhile, continues. So
    at least during that  period in May and June, the log is being kept probably by
    the First Mate, Horace  Tower. There's a minor mutiny over the new command.
    It is possible that the  logbook was kept by different people, Capt. Layton
    first, then Tower. It is also  possible that it was Tower's logbook all along
    with direction from Capt. Layton  while he was in command.
    
    -FER
    42.0N 87.7W, or 41.4N  72.1W.
    www.HistoricalAtlas.com/lunars
    
    
    

       
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