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    Re: What's the right answer?
    From: Joe Shields
    Date: 1998 Sep 21, 14:20 EDT

    Or was the boat traveling in a northerly direction (assuming a
    Northern Hemisphere situation) and the sun was perceived to be setting
    due to the motion of the boat moving the observer away from the sun.
    -- Joe Shields
    ---Russell Sher <rsher{at}XXX.XXX> wrote:
    >
    > Let me guess - The sun was close to your zenith  and the master was
    > (unknowngly)  taking a back sight??
    >
    > Russell
    >
    > > -----Original Message-----
    > > From:	Jim Manzari [SMTP:manzari{at}XXX.XXX]
    > > Sent:	Friday, September 18, 1998 12:54 PM
    > > To:	Navigation
    > > Subject:	[Nml] What's the right answer?
    > >
    > > The following message from Capt. P.Woinin of ANTWERP, Belgium was
    seen
    > > recently on the Marine-List.  Thought some of the navigators on this
    > > list might like to comment on the correct answer:
    > >
    > > ----
    > >
    > > Reverting to the story of officers taking sights with the captain,
    > > about the reverse story happened to me when I was 2nd mate, but in
    > > this case the master was wrong.
    > >
    > > We were on a rather fast ore carrier (16 knots on ballast) heading
    to
    > > Mauretania from the Schedlt. The captain used to take the (true)
    noon
    > > sighting of the sun with me, so we could get a good lattitude.  At
    one
    > > stage, the master said something like: " Now we have it as the sun
    is
    > > coming down ", meaning the meridian passage was over and we got the
    > > right observation for the lattitude.  I objected stating it was
    still
    > > two or three minutes too early, and we had to wait for the exact
    time
    > > to get the right height of the sun to calculate the lattitude, in
    > > spite of the fact that it was obviously reducing.
    > >
    > > Those who have a good experience of this kind of calculation will
    > > easily find out why I was right and the captain was wrong. Or has
    > > somebody any objection?
    > >
    > > ----
    > >
    > > Cheers,
    > >
    > > Jim Manzari
    > >
    > >
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