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post #19 of Old 02-24-2013
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Re: Circumnavigation without instruments

If its such a non accomplishment to sail, with practically no instrumentation, completely around the planet, then how come we spend thousands on electronic gizmos to tell us exactly where we are at any given moment?

Sure this was unnecessary given today's technology, but it shows a level of proficiency in celestial navigation not often found in today's world. Plus I bet it was a pretty satisfying accomplishment to learn to navigate accurately sans instruments. I think it would be interesting to here the story behind it.

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