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    Re: On lunars generally
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2009 Jul 15, 19:40 -0700

    Geoffrey, I've got a few more bits of data on prices of chronometers versus sextants.
    First, there's Lecky c.1884:
    "[one can get longitude...] first by the chronometer, and secondly by Lunars. 
    These last, however, are rapidly dying out, and are mostly looked upon now as 
    "fancy navigation." Excellent chronometers can be purchased brand new for 25 
    to 30 [pounds]; when second-hand, and equally good, for much less; in fact, 
    they are becoming a drug in the market. The better class of vessels seldom 
    carry fewer than three."
    I'm not sure what would qualify as "much less" than 25 to 30 pounds but I 
    would guess half that at least, say 12-15 pounds (?). Meanwhile at nearly the 
    same date, according to "The Sextant" by H. Wilberforce Clarke, a finer 
    sextant sells for about 14 pounds. So that's approximate price parity and 
    also an explicit statement of the existence of a thriving market for 
    second-hand chronometers.
    This is not proof of anything --just a little more data.
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