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    Re: sextant use
    From: Trevor Kenchington
    Date: 2002 Jun 14, 16:58 -0300

    Ed Falk wrote:
    > Maybe we should buy up all those sextants before the home decorators get
    > them.
    > Does Southwest Instrument Company have any kind of web site?  I couldn't
    > find one.
    No answer to offer on that but I did chance to find "Robert E. White
    Instruments Inc." of Boston at www.robertwhite.com  Besides selling
    assorted new navigational and meteorological instruments, they
    recondition and sell used sextants. That can't be good for the business
    of the few remaining manufacturers but it does keep some fine
    instruments in use.
    For those whose interest in non-electronic navigation extends beyond
    celestial, Robert White also offers taffrail logs (Walker Knotmaster)
    and his "Nantucket Sounder" -- a nice hand "lead", though moulded in
    bronze. The latter is calibrated in fathoms (of course!) but the
    leadline is marked only by overhand knots at fathom intervals. Are we so
    far from a time when every seaman knew from birth that seven fathoms was
    red wool bunting while eight was a "deep" with no mark on the line?
    Does anyone know of other sources of working taffrail logs (including
    the spare impellers and lines which are inevitably needed sooner or
    later)? Off this shore, navigating in fog can't always be avoided and
    I'd like to know my distance run without resorting to electronics.
    Trevor Kenchington
    Trevor J. Kenchington PhD                         Gadus@iStar.ca
    Gadus Associates,                                 Office(902) 889-9250
    R.R.#1, Musquodoboit Harbour,                     Fax   (902) 889-9251
    Nova Scotia  B0J 2L0, CANADA                      Home  (902) 889-3555
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