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    Re: Sextants in pop culture
    From: David Pike
    Date: 2023 Sep 18, 13:48 -0700

    The Onedin Line is still my favorite.  It went on and on from one series to the next with Onedin gradually improving his position in the World.  James Onedin (Peter Gilmore) was a mate who gained the ‘Charlotte Rhodes’ by way of dowry for marrying the previous owner and retiring skipper’s daughter Anne (Anne Stallybrass).  James taught his new wife Anne to navigate, probably so James could fall ill, and Anne could navigate the ship home to Liverpool.  Then Anne taught the illiterate first mate ‘Baines’ (Howard Lang) (stock phrase “Cap’n Honedin, Sir, she’ll not take it (the vessel not Anne)) to navigate.  This left the way clear for James to go into business as a ship owner.  It’s well worth watching if you get a chance and historically relatively believable.  The sextant might be a pre-micrometer Hughes 6” Three-Circles casting, and James might even get a sight without blinding himself (he’s got shades in and the sextant’s shadow is on his chest, despite the front of the telescope being screwed in back to front and the eyepiece missing.  I can get quite good shots (for an air-navigator) with a Hughes just looking though the hole with nothing screwed in.  DaveP


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