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    Re: long lost lunars
    From: Frank Reed CT
    Date: 2003 Dec 9, 16:15 EST
    George Huxtable wrote:
    " The Historical Atlas might well be of some interest to members. But otherwise, if Frank's scruples get the better of him, and he has information he can send out as e-mail, I would welcome a copy sent directly to my email address."

    Visit my web site:  HistoricalAtlas.com. Let me know if you have any questions. There's a free version covering the Napoleonic era that is available for download there.

    Re "foolish lunars", you wrote:
    "It was in vol.3 of "Practice and theory of navigation" (2nd ed. 1908) by the Earl of Dunraven, who had achieved an extra master's ticket. This was mainly a course-book for the Board of Trade exams."

    Yes, that's the one. He's very funny in that introduction to lunars: "a ship without a chronometer is as likely as a ship's master without a head" or something like that.

    Now how about Slocum? Everyone mentions him when they talk about lunars, but reading "Sailing Alone Around the World", it seems that he barely used the technique. Is there other evidence (his log book) that he practiced lunars during his circum-navigation?

    By the way, if there's anyone on the list who's never read Slocum's book, you can get it online (for free). Here's a version that includes the illustrations: rtpnet.org/robroy/books/js/saaw.htm

    And while I'm at it, here's "Falcon on the Baltic": arthur-ransome.org/ar/literary/falcon.htm which is also great fun to read (but not so relevant to navigation).

    Frank E. Reed
    [ ] Mystic, Connecticut
    [X] Chicago, Illinois
       
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