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Old 13 Apr 2013, 11:36 AM   #3781
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Those interested in viewing stars other than our own Sol must get outside during the middle of the night or they will SCAR their retinas.
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Old 13 Apr 2013, 12:39 PM   #3782
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If you CARE enough, you can be absolutely independent and can find your way around anywhere (without using any electronics
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Old 14 Apr 2013, 06:36 AM   #3783
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The Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias, the first European to reach the CAPE of Good Hope in 1488, certainly did not use any electronic gadgets on his voyage. BTW, he didn't name it "Cape of Good Hope".
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Old 14 Apr 2013, 11:42 AM   #3784
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Cape Horn is the real challenge, especially if you sail alone (without electronics) in CASE you are looking for a link I will provide it here.

Slocum's book 'Sailing alone around the world' is most definitely worth reading.
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Old 14 Apr 2013, 01:24 PM   #3785
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Accurate longitude calculations were difficult at the time of the early long sea voyages, and didn't EASE until accurate clocks and navigation tables were developed about 150 years ago.
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Old 16 Apr 2013, 01:44 AM   #3786
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Yes, longitude calculations definitely weren't EASY for early navigators.
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Old 16 Apr 2013, 02:12 AM   #3787
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In the early days the usual routine was to fix only your latitude (by taking a noon sight) and to then head EAST or west, until you made landfall.
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Old 16 Apr 2013, 09:09 AM   #3788
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The Atlantic Ocean was surely VAST when it was first explored by these sailors.
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Old 18 Apr 2013, 11:05 AM   #3789
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Navigation in the early days was viewed by the crew (usually pressed men) as a black art. The navigating officers preferred it that way, as it meant that the crew would not mutiny, as they would be afraid that if they did they would never see landfall again. The LAST pressed men were freed when the practice was discontinued (by the British at least) after the defeat of Napoleon.
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Old 19 Apr 2013, 10:53 PM   #3790
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Although no foreigner could be pressed into service in British navy, if he married a British woman, he LOST that protection.
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Old 30 Apr 2013, 09:06 PM   #3791
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Loft..............................
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Old 1 May 2013, 10:16 AM   #3792
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The old navies tended to LOOT anything they came across.
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Old 1 May 2013, 10:38 AM   #3793
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That is a MOOT point, I would say

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Old 2 May 2013, 09:01 PM   #3794
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Thank you David.
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Old 2 May 2013, 10:41 PM   #3795
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Another POST, before I go offline for a few days.
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