A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Robin Stuart
Date: 2017 Feb 8, 05:16 -0800
What makes you think that the book that Worsley refers to as "epitome" should contain a mention of Cape Belsham?
You wrote: "Why do you think the reference to be Norie?"
It's because I can't imagine him writing "A Complete Epitome of Practical Navigation, and Nautical Astronomy" in the log!
Worsely must have had some tables with him. He mentions the epitome and Nautical Almanac together and it appears that they were both being opened frequently. I doubt that he would have been too concerned if his Sailing Directions got soggy mid voyage.
Are there any other sets of tables in use athe time that might get the moniker "epitome". There's Bowditch but it was a British expedition. As Lars notes he could have had an edition that combined text and tables. Maybe he just thought of the tables as the epitome volume 2,