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    Re: The shipwreck of Admiral Shovell
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2007 Sep 04, 05:49 -0400

    Fred, you wrote:
    
    "I looked at the figure.  If they could have had a good longitude,
    they would have been better off. "
    
    Did you look at the full diagram in the article? George clipped it just to
    the left of a couple of small X's in the original diagram. Do you see what
    those little X's represent?? They change EVERYTHING. That's where the
    Scillies would be relative the fleet's DR positions assuming something as
    trivial as a different catalogued source for the longitude difference
    between the Isles of Scilly and Cape Spartel. Longitude was the primary
    error in the fleet's position.
    
     -FER
    PS: I want to be very clear on this: I do not mean to imply that George
    clipped the diagram to remove the X's. He clipped it there, quite
    appropriately, to save on image size. However, I would contend that W.E. May
    made the X's small, and almost un-noticeable, in order to minimize their
    significance, which would have been a distraction from the point he
    (W.E.May) was trying to make. Diagrams were expensive back then, and he
    could not publish a dozen in one small article. Today, something animated
    could cover all the bases...
    
    
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