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    Re: accuracy of Cook's lunars
    From: John Huth
    Date: 2013 Jan 7, 10:01 -0500
    Alex - 

    I've forwarded on your question.   Some time back, I did look at Cook's report on that voyage, but I was looking more for his documentation of the direction and character of swells, which he was pretty careful in documenting. 

    I'll report back on what she says.


    John H.

    On Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 12:15 AM, <eremenko@math.purdue.edu> wrote:


    I have a general question about your student's methodology:
    Most (if not all) of those observations were made at sea.
    For example "Cape Finisterre" means that the ship was
    somewhere near this cape, and that the cape was probably visible.
    However, I suppose that Cook's coordinates refer to the position of
    the ship, not of the cape.

    And if they give the position of the cape,
    what point on the cape and how could this point be determined by Cook?

    Did the student compare Cook's recorded position with the position
    of some point on the cape from Google maps?


    > Here's what the student related to me about her methodology:

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