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    On nautical history.
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2001 Nov 16, 1:19 PM

    On Nautical History
    I've enjoyed my membership of this list (and its predecessor) for some
    years now, and learned much from it, and had some really satisfactory
    arguments (even if I may not have won many of them). I've no intention of
    jumping-ship from Navigation-L, not at all.
    My own interest is in the history of the subject, the way navigation and
    its techniques developed, the increasing sophistication of the
    instrumentation involved. I suspect that only a minority of Navigation-L
    subscribers share that historical interest to any great extent.
    I have tried other mailing lists, as follows-
    "Hastro-L", for the history of astronomy. Sometimes fascinating stuff but
    concentrates to a large extent on ancient belief-systems and their
    connection with astrology and the sky.
    "Sextants" -for sextants. This can be interesting but seems rather
    preoccupied with sextants-as-objects: provenance, authenticity, value. Not
    so much with function.
    "Rete" - which deals with the history of scientific instruments. This too
    can be interesting but has a much wider range than I wish to follow.
    So here is my question. Can any members of this list identify, and
    recommend, any other mailing-list or website which concentrates on the
    history of seafaring and/or the historical development of navigational
    George Huxtable, 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
    Tel. 01865 820222 or (int.) +44 1865 820222.

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