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    Re: Virgin Rocks.
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2009 Jan 18, 21:50 -0000

    Thanks to Frank Reed for digging out for me those references to Virgin
    Rocks. I was aware of some of those quotes, but not all, by any means.
    It seems clear that the rock pinnacle, 4.3 metres below datum, was (and is)
    an unmarked death-trap for vessels, large and small. In "Ocean Passeges for
    the World" (1973), the recommended Summer route (May to November) between
    much of Northern Europe and Halifax / St Lawrence passes about 40 miles
    North of those rocks, and to Boston / New York about 50 miles South. Safe
    enough, perhaps, once radio DF had become available; but not allowing a wide
    margin of error in the previous era, if fog had obscured celestial
    observation for many days. And yet, Virgin Rocks, though noted in Sailing
    Directions, don't seem to have been notorious among ocean-crossers from this
    side of the Atlantic. Perhaps mariners trusted to luck, that such a small
    target wouldn't find their ship.
    contact George Huxtable, at  george@hux.me.uk
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
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