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    Re: Whaling logbooks
    From: John D. Howard
    Date: 2016 May 14, 14:29 -0700

    Frank,

    Please help me find information on whaling navigation.  I have read many of the logbooks in the New Bedford Whaling Museum on line and at the Mystic seaport on line that you linked.  I read the " Introduction to Whaling Logbooks and Journals " and nowhere can I find any information on navigation other than " course SSW" or "morning heavy fog" and the like.

    Did someone ( a navigator or first mate ) keep a navigation log?  From what I have read in textbooks a ship would use a sextant and at least take a noon shot of the sun and maby a AM or PM time shot but there seems never to be a record kept of the information.

    I have read about the Charles W. Morgan on her 21st voyage across the Pacific but cannot find any navigation info let alone any cel-nav info.

    Any help in pointing me in the correct direction would be appreciated.

    Thank you.

    John H.

       
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