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his motor boat ran out of fuel while repeatedly circling a small island in the River Thames estuary...

he ended simply doing laps of the 36-square mile Isle of Sheppey
One wonders: how many laps did he do? Half the trip is on a creek about 300 feet wide, and passes under two bridges.

Isle of Sheppey

Why didn't he just stop off at "Ireland" to pick up fuel?
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I guess road maps are no worse than using place mats from waterfront restaurants. On the other hand, I've seen some pretty detailed place mats.

Further than that deponent sayeth not.
At least some of those place mats will have a compass rose!
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Many years ago we came across a guy who sailed from Indonesia to South Africa on a 24 foot sailboat using a school atlas for navigation. When he landed he knew he was in Africa but had no idea which city. He simply found a loom on the horizon one night and sailed to it, finding Durban.

So it can and has been done.
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True story. A friend used a road map to go down the St. Lawrence. At night every time he switched the red light over the chart table on, all the lines on the map disappeared. He thought he'd had too many refreshments! Finally figured out that the red road lines disappeared with the red light. By the way, they finally ran aground and damaged the keel badly. They were following a light on the other side of a promontory. Went straight in to the shore, in the morning they wondered how they had missed all the rocks going in! This guy was great singlehanding across the Atlantic but don't put him anywhere near land!!
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That makes about as much sense as using a Chart of Lake Huron (#14860) to drive from Port Severn to Cheboygan. Not
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Some Hippys followed the contrails left by airliners going to Hawaii. Wonder what they would have done on an overcasted days? Not a street map but the level of intelligence is about the same.
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He simply found a loom on the horizon one night and sailed to it, finding Durban.
He saw a machine for weaving cloth on the horizon?
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Loom is the glow that is seen above large cities that is essentially the light pollution they cast off...

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Loom is the glow that is seen above large cities that is essentially the light pollution they cast off...
Ah, didn't know it had a name
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I'd point out that Road Maps are perfectly fine to navigate with, if you have a trailerable boat and are trying to make 55 mph to windward...
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