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    Re: The history of Seafaring.
    From: Geoffrey Kolbe
    Date: 2007 Dec 09, 07:11 +0000

    Peter  Fogg fired a broadside at George (NavList 4260) for his critique on
    a "coffee table" book about the history of seafaring. Not content with
    that, Peter then decided to come about and loose off another gratuitous
    blast! (NavList 4265)
    It may have been the intention of the originators of this list (or rather,
    its predecessor) that this be a forum where "actual sailors and practical
    navigators" (to quote Robert Eno) can discuss the practical aspects of
    finding their way about the oceans. But the list has evolved so that those
    who dominate the discussions are people who are primarily interested in the
    history of navigation. The regular contributors are people who delight in
    the arcane and abstruse. They enjoy nothing more than blowing the dust off
    an ancient treatise on some forgotten and long obsolete navigational method
    and sitting down for a good read.
    That Peter does not identify with such people is now more than obvious. So
    let me say that I do identify with the historians of navigation and the
    armchair navigators on this list. Let me say that if somebody decides to
    sit down and write a book on the history of seafaring, then there is no
    excuse for not writing exactly that - a factually correct, properly
    annotated, "History of Seafaring" with a detailed index - whether it be a
    coffee table book or a dissertation for a university examination.
    And let me say, Peter, that if you do not like what is being put up for
    discussion on this list - the solution is obvious.
    Geoffrey Kolbe
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