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    Re: Transcription of Worsley's Log
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2009 Apr 25, 19:58 -0700

    Brad, earlier in the month you wrote:
    "After careful reflection, the statement should read
    
    No obs for Lat cd be obtained + Long of C.Belsham being only approximately 
    know to us, allow 1 min 4 sec more. "
    
    That makes sense. I know it's in the files you've posted and I could look 
    myself, but could you just give me a raw total: how many actual sights did 
    they take on the voyage after leaving Elephant Island?
    
    And you concluded:
    "Thus the only "Cape Belsham" reference dates back to 1822, and is carried 
    forward in the Sailing Directions, which state that upwards of 2 degrees of 
    error may be found in the longitudes in the Table of Places."
    
    This was common in remote parts of the world into the early twentieth century. 
    It's easy for us to forget today that mapping used to require an enormous 
    amount of work on the ground. Part of the reason these expeditions of 
    exploration were undertaken was for the simple purpose of mapping the globe. 
    
    Which reminds me of an old comedy bit from the television show Blackadder... 
    Our hero, Edmund Blackadder, has decided to go off exploring so that he can 
    impress Queen Elizabeth (it's set c.1586 just after Sir Francis Drake has 
    returned from distant shores with that great miracle of the cuisine of the 
    Spanish Main: the potato... or so goes the legend). As Blackadder prepares to 
    sail, the queen's advisor presents him with a map to aid his voyage as 
    follows:
    
    Lord Melchett says to Blackadder: 
    "Farewell, Blackadder! The foremost cartographers of the land have prepared 
    this for you.. It's a map of the area you'll be traversing."
    
    Blackadder unrolls it and replies: "But it's blank!"
    
    Lord Melchett: "Yes, they'd be most grateful if you could just fill it in as you go along. Goodbye!"
    
    It still makes me laugh.
    
    -FER
    
    
    
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