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    From: Byron Franklin
    Date: 2012 May 23, 11:54 -0700

    Byron: I just placed a comment on David Walden "eye on the Fleet, Facebook, Celestial Navigation," as follows: The Stadimeter is use for accurate shot range of 2oo to 10,000 yds.
    I used the Fisk type, both are similar in operation. The idea is to use
    the height of a know ship’s mast to solve the distance to the other ship.
    This procedure is necessary to bring a large ship near (close) alongside another
    large ships for highline (UNREP). Running rigging from one ship to another/very dangerous.
    While on the Intrepid CVS/A, (1969-1974) we were often supplied with food, oil, gas, people, movies ECT, ECT, ECT (this enabled the ship to stay at sea for a long time.) To get Close Alongside huge tankers and other ships. The tanker would steady on a given course while the receiving ship would approach from astern taking reading and plotting distance and bearings. The purpose of the plot is to parallel the tanker's course and close to about 200 feet or less and send a shot line to the tanker than larger lines for the transfer. The best helmsman is to steer the ships alongside for as long as necessary. It’s very interesting and dangerous, necessary exercise for war ships to stay at sea for long periods of time. After the High line is completed or a breakaway is needed the receiving ship changes course and speed small degrees and speed to safely clear the distance. A small error difference in speed or course can be dangerous.It is something to see, and must be done often to do it safely.
    I just read about a recent naval collision of a near carrier size ship and a tanker while going along side for high line. I should have cut it out. Also I read that the surface Warfare School (SWOS) Newport has a Navigators Course including Celestial 4 weeks, the article is unclear in that it said that the rigorous for weeks challenged studendwith the idea that the navigator’s role is supervisory in nature and focuses on fundamental unique to the navigators position. I know nothing about the course, but wonder about the
    supervisory in nature role?

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