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    Re: Sumner's Line (Navigation question)
    From: Chuck Taylor
    Date: 2006 Feb 4, 14:49 -0800

    Ken Gebhart wrote-
    > "At the very end of the recount it says" The DR
    > position was found to be in error by 8 min too far
    > south," giving a longitude of 31 min, 30 sec too
    > far west.  The result to the ship might have been
    > disasterous had this wrong position been adopted".
    > My question is howso?"
    George Huxtable responded:
    > It's strange, but I can't find those actual words
    > in Sumner's account. Did he write it out
    > elsewhere, I wonder? Or are those Bowditch's's
    > words, perhaps?
    I don't find these words in Sumner's account either,
    but I do find them in the chapter entitled "The
    Sumner Line" in editions of Bowditch dating between
    1918 and 1943, inclusive.  They are not in Bowditch
    1874, nor in Bowditch 1962 or newer. I don't have any
    editions between 1874 and 1918 to check.
    Dan Allen, are you listening?  Perhaps you could help
    to pin down when these words were first introduced
    the Bowditch account?
    Best regards to all,
    Chuck Taylor
    Lat:  47d 55' N
    Lon: 122d 11' W
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