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    Re: Voyaging the traditional way
    From: Herbert Prinz
    Date: 2004 Oct 31, 21:50 -0500

    George Huxtable wrote:
    
    > The tallow, by the way, was to sample the "quality of the bottom", whether
    > it was mud, sand,  ooze, or gravel, and the type of shells within it. A
    > navigator would compare what came up with his own experience of that area,
    > and with the annotations on the chart. This information was regarded as
    > particularly valuable in the Western approaches to the English channel.
    
    Also in New England it was considered the most reliable method of navigation,
    as this story testifies:
    
    http://www.hprinz.us/mudtasting/
    
    The story appeared originally in a "Sailor's Magazine of November 1848", but I
    copied it from Roger Duncan, Paul W. Fenn, W. Wallace Fenn and John p. Ware,
    "The Cruising Guide to the New England Coast",  Norton &Company, 1995 (without
    permission. I hope they don't mind).
    
    There are thre jpg files, named 1.jpg, 2. jpg and 3. jpg, which are from pages
    357 - 359 of said book.
    
    Enjoy
    
    Herbert Prinz
    
    
    

       
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