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Taking a bearing

Anyone still do this ? Relative bearings, compass errors, amplitudes ? It means going outside !
Shot taken on the Flintshire.

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Thanks again Mike. I recall plotting my evening stars after we'd sailed from Karachi bound around Cape Good Hope for the Med as Suez was closed. They were 30 miles out from my DR position, and I immediately compared the Gyro heading to the Magnetic heading, followed by an azimuth that verified minimal Gyro error. Then I proceeded to pore over my sight calculations endlessly trying to find where my error was. About this time, the Captain came to the chart room to inspect the ship's position and I related to him my problem. He took one quick look at my figures and quickly said, "you took your chronometer error the wrong way." He then proceeded to ream me up one side and down the other for my stupid error. I've always remembered the incident, as it taught me the importance of having a second set of eyes review important do***ents and figures. I'd studied those calculations for the better part of an hour and saw the same mistake the same way every time, but the second set of eyes saw the error immediately.
 

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On Brocklebanks "Manaar" I was 4th mate on watch with the mate. He let me take evening stars in the middle ofd the Atlantic.

Was miles out, couldn't find any reason, checked and rechecked.

Tho Old Man came up and immediately spotted I was reading from the wrong day in the Almanac!!

Very kindly he told me had done it himself on a number of occasions!!
 

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"Very kindly he told me had done it himself on a number of occasions!!"

That's because the Old Man on your ship was a gentleman, whereas mine was a jerk! However, the point was made and never forgotten!
 

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Wallace and Tony.. I know where you are coming from ! We've all done it or something like it,,,,,but it helped us learn our craft and made us become better navigators, hopefully never to make the same mistakes again. Well, that's the theory anyway. Rgds Mike H
 

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I used to love doing compass errors!!
I'd search out the most obscure,barely visible stars to use-- I think I really needed a bit more to keep my late teens/early 20s mind active.............
 

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