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    Re: on finding Pitcairn Island
    From: Arthur Pearson
    Date: 2004 Sep 24, 19:05 -0400

    It has been a long time since I posted to the list but I continue to
    follow the many interesting threads.  Maybe I'll have more time to
    participate again soon, work has been demanding. I promise that
    eventually I will catch up on updating www.LD-DEADLINK-com with links
    to the more recent lunar discussions and to the great new material and
    tools Frank has provided.
    I do want to put in a request for information about Pitcairn Island. On
    my mother's side of my family, we have long been told that the captain
    of the sealing vessel that found the mutineers on Pitcairn was Mayhew
    Folger, reportedly a "seventh great uncle" of my generation.  This was
    passed on to me by a great aunt who was reasonably credible based on her
    interest in Pitcairn and family genealogy.
    Can anyone at least confirm that Mayhew Folger commanded the sealing
    vessel?  I would be most interested to hear any other information about
    Folger, his ship and voyage (out of Nantucket according to family lore),
    and where I might be able to find source material about him.  I don't
    dare hope that his log might be part of Frank's wonderful on-line
    archive, and I can't help but wonder if he practiced lunars.
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Navigation Mailing List
    [mailto:NAVIGATION-L{at}LISTSERV.WEBKAHUNA.COM] On Behalf Of Frank Reed
    Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 2004 10:54 PM
    Subject: Re: on finding Pitcairn Island
    George H wrote:
    "It must, I suspect, be the biggest error ever to have been made, and
    corrected, by the hydrographer. I wonder what it was about "Maria
    Theresa"'s log which caused the reef to be entered on the chart nearly
    miles too far West."
    I don't know, but I'll see if I can find the logbook. It's probably at
    one of the three main whaling museums in New England. Some pure
    speculation: even in the 1840s, Yankee whalers often kept longitude by
    dead reckoning during certain parts of their voyages; for example, when
    they were sailing back and forth in whaling season in wide open ocean.
    Frank R
    [ ] Mystic, Connecticut
    [X] Chicago, Illinois

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