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    Re: sextant without paper charts
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2008 Nov 02, 23:24 -0500

    Bruce Hamilton, you wrote:
    "Navigation without paper charts probably contributed the the sinking of The
    Queen of the North here in British Columbia. It ran aground because the
    bridge crew did not know where they were, and they were in restricted waters
    in a 3 mile channel.  Can any of you even imagine being so out of touch!  I
    doubt it.  I have seen very drunk Captains with much more sense than that."
    
    Amazing.
    
    While we're at it, there's an interesting case of navigational error aboard
    a US nuclear submarine here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Hartford_grounding
    
    And while not 100% a navigational error, there's the incredible near-loss of
    the USS San Francisco in 2005 after it plowed into a mountain at 33 knots:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_San_Francisco_(SSN-711)
    (be sure to click on that small picture to see the details of the damage to
    her bow section).
    
     -FER
    
    
    
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