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    Re: Voyaging the traditional way
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2004 Oct 31, 17:50 -0500

    Regarding the sample in the tallow from a lead and line, On Oct 30,
    2004, at 8:46 AM, George Huxtable wrote:
    
    > The
    > navigator would inspect the sample closely, sniff it, even taste it,
    > but I
    > wonder if the tasting was done for show rather than anything else. It's
    > hard to imagine that it tasted of anything other than salty tallow.
    
    
    The tongue is much more sensitive to texture than the fingers, and
    could probably make an assessment of whether a bottom was sand, silt,
    clay, etc much more accurately than the eye and finger.
    
    Regards,
    
    Fred
    
    
    

       
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