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    Re: Wikipedia article on Winslow Homer's "Eight Bells"
    From: Ed Popko
    Date: 2019 Apr 10, 03:40 -0700

    Eight Bells in nautical time is 4:00, 8:00 or 12:00.  Reflections from seaman's heads suggests it's 12:00.

    For an 1886 painting, they are using at least 75 year old Octants. For a LAN shot, sure an Octant will work.
    But newer design sextants were available, ship owner is a cheapskate or captain never did lunars.

    Ed

       
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