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    Re: sextant without paper charts
    From: Scott Owen
    Date: 2008 Nov 03, 18:54 -0600

    Lu Abel wrote:
    > Scott:
    > The Wikipedia article Frank points to gives a good summary.  The USS San
    > Francisco ran into the seamount not because of navigational instrument
    > failure, but because the thing was only vaguely charted.   The San
    That's what I get for not reading the entire article and checking out
    the damage pictures.
    > Francisco probably knew precisely where it itself was, it just didn't
    > know it was competing with a chunk of rock.
    > The San Francisco's captain received a career-ending reprimand because
    > another chart (not the one he was using) referred to the possibility of
    > seamounts in the region in which he was operating and the court of
    > inquiry found he was negligent for not using "all available navigational
    > information."
    I wonder if he even had the chart aboard the submarine at the time of
    the mishap.
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