Finding a Ship"s Position at Sea

Finding a Ship"s Position at Sea

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1851 edition. Excerpt: ...both the true latitude, and longitude by chronometer, are evident by inspection. When approaching the land, (and this is the time when it is of the most importance to know the true position of the ship, ) it unfortunately happens, that thick weather frequently prevails at considerable distance seaward, so that the sun is visible only for a few moments during a run of several days, and it is certainly important that a single observation at such times should be rendered available. There is no part of the seas, that is liable in a greater degree to fogs and thick weather, than the English channels, north seas, &c.; and there is no part more crowded by the fleets of all nations; the coast, too, is dangerous; and the westerly gales are severe, and of long duration; and ships are often placed in situations there, from uncertainty of their position, which render it dangerous " to run," and often more dangerous to " lay by," or to " stand off and on." Having sailed from Charleston, S. C, 25th November, 1837, bound to Greenock, a series of heavy gales from the westward promised a quick passage; after passing the Azores, the wind prevailed from the southward, with thick weather; after passing longitude 21 W., no observation was had until near the land; but soundings were had not far, as was supposed, from the edge of the bank. The weather was now more boisterous, and very thick; and the wind still southerly; arriving about midnight, 17th December, within 40 miles, by dead reckoning, of Tasker light; the wind hauled S.E., true, making the Irish coast a lee shore; the ship was then kept close to the wind, and several tacks made to preserve her position as nearly as possible until daylight; when nothing being in sight, she was...
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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236529618
  • 9781236529619