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Getting an accurate fix from the rise time of the sun or a star has got to beat calculating the moons relative position to other steller bodies. A good watch reduces finding longitude from hours of work to a few minutes sighting.
Such a pity, then, that they didn't have good watches.. although they look fantastic on the shelf.
..and to think that the 10-buck wrist-watch on your arm is more accurate than any method the old seafarers ever had of keeping time at sea - right up to the middle of the 20th century! A frightening thought...
..with apologies to the OP for the unintended thread hijack.
A bad day on a boat beats a good day in the office
Last edited by Classic30; 05-17-2011 at 10:25 PM.