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    Re: sextant without paper charts
    From: Jeremy C
    Date: 2008 Dec 4, 04:33 EST
    Bruce wrote:
    "The Old man knew everything about the sextant, but didn't tell you.
    The First Mate used to know, but was too busy running the ship
    The Second Mate knew it for his exams, but forgot the details.
    The Third Mate was going to know when after he wrote his exams.
    The Navigation Cadet wanted to know, but could not find anyone to teach him."
    I love it!  On my ship it is a bit different.  The old man knows but would have to think long and hard to remember and his sextant is part of his home decor.  The Chief Mate (me) is the ship's expert and only one who actually uses either sextant, the 2nd and 3rd mates barely remember anything past shooting an azimuth.  We don't have any deck cadets to ask questions.,

    Bruce continues"

    "Did inertial navigation ever make it to the Merchant Navy bridge or is
    it still military only?"

    I've neither seen nor heard of any merchant ship having inertial navigation.  I would think it would be too difficult and/or expensive to maintain.  In fact, i've only read about it in a few reference texts and those were not the usual ones found on merchant ships.  They never mentioned them in school either.

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