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    Re: The shipwreck of Admiral Shovell
    From: Geoffrey Butt
    Date: 2009 Jul 6, 18:56 +0100

    This thread ended nearly 2 years ago, but I have recently revisited it to
    use the incident as an example of navigational practices at that time in a
    talk I am giving.
    
    What puzzles me is the frequently repeated statement that Admiral Shovell
    called together navigators to discuss their position before proceeding up
    the Channel (as they thought) on the evening of 23rd October.
    
    Commander May's analysis of the 44 surviving log books makes no mention of a
    discussion of the squadron's position being recorded in those books.  Had
    the authors been involved in any comparison of estimated position the
    resolution of the discrepancies between them would surely have been referred
    to in the logs.
    
    If the Admiral only consulted navigators aboard his own vessel, or the small
    group of vessels which perished, then there would be no surviving record;
    in which case there wouldn't be a source for the story of a conference
    either.
    
    Can anyone shed any light on this - or is it another popularized myth, like
    the hanged seaman story?  Perhaps the act of heaving-to to take soundings
    was interpreted by non-seafaring authors as evidence of the need for a chat!
    
    Thanks, if you can help.
    
    Geoff
    
    
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