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    Re: U-boat Celestial Navigation WWII
    From: Stan K
    Date: 2016 Jan 8, 20:43 -0500
    I dove on the U-853, the last u-boat sunk in WWII.  You definitely see more on a museum u-boat.

    I've also been on the Black Point, the last ship sunk by the U-853.  The gun turret still could be moved by crank, probably because the ship is in fairly shallow water and the gun gets a lot of use by divers.  But this was many years ago.

    Stan


    -----Original Message-----
    From: Gary LaPook <NoReply_LaPook@fer3.com>
    To: slk1000 <slk1000---.com>
    Sent: Fri, Jan 8, 2016 5:16 pm
    Subject: [NavList] Re: U-boat Celestial Navigation WWII

    Way cool reading the logbook. I grew up in Chicago and have been aboard U-505 at least 20 times, most recently just two years ago.  It is a unique resource and anybody going near Chicago shouldn't miss it. Go early in the day,  tickets sell out early, I missed out last July by getting to the museum to late. U-505 is a type IX large sub captured on the high seas in 1944.
    Gl


    On Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 11:39, Alan S
    Gary:
    Some years back, I became acquainted with a retired U.S. Naval Officer. Earlier in his career, he had been a navigation officer in surface vessels, this was post WW2. He later switched to submarines and commanded one, I believe it was a diesel-electric, not nuke type. In any event, re navigation of submaines, he stated the following.There was a sextant mounted on one of his boat's periscopes, I believe it was a flexible mount. When positioned for shooting, they could shoot a 3 body fix, star fix as I recall, in a couple of minutes, atmospheric conditions permitting, this while submerged.
    Alan
       
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