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    Re: Sumner's Line (Navigation question)
    From: Bruce Stark
    Date: 2006 Feb 4, 18:40 EST
    Chuck,

    It's in the 1899 Bowditch, and must have been part of the 1881 revision. It isn't attributed to Sumner. Quotes from Sumner are surrounded by quotation marks, this is not. Here's the way it's written:

    The latitude by dead reckoning was found to be 8' in error, and if the position given by that latitude had been assumed correct the error would have been 8 miles too far S. and 31' 30" of longitude too far W., and the result to the ship might have been disastrous had this wrong position been adopted.

    Bruce

       
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