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    Re: How Many Chronometers?
    From: Brad Morris
    Date: 2009 May 7, 13:08 -0400

    I think because it worked at all.  The only viable competitor was Lunars, and 
    the Nautical Almanac required to solve them was established and maintained by 
    Nevil Maskelyne, the Astronomer Royal and an English subject.
    Neither method was perfect.  But they did provide a very useful figure of 
    merit.  The chronometer error and rate had to be established on a regular 
    basis.  The tables to perform the lunar were imperfect, leading to erroneous 
    results.  Even with all that, it still worked.
    When you have both keys to the kingdom, you don't necessarily share them 
    freely!  When you have a method whereby you can determine longitude, you have 
    an advantage over a fellow who cannot.  You can get to places faster, safer 
    and more accurately.
    That's my two cents.
    Remember that England didn't rule the waves just because of the chronometer.  
    English dominance was due to technology (ship types, cannon types, etc), 
    tactics (how to sail a ship of the line, how the line worked, etc) and 
    strategy.  There's more to a navy than just the equipment.  There is also the 
    spirit of the men.  What they fight for and why is a key element.  I will 
    take highly spirited and trained men over a rag tag navy any day.  And 
    nothing raises the men's spirits more than to know that they were on the 
    winning side!
    Naval tactics are fundamentally attrition, but there are factors which affect 
    attrition.  But this discussion takes us away from navigation.
    Best Regards
    -----Original Message-----
    From: NavList@fer3.com [mailto:NavList@fer3.com] On Behalf Of James N Wilson
    Sent: Wednesday, May 06, 2009 10:49 PM
    To: NavList@fer3.com
    Subject: [NavList 8180] Re: How Many Chronometers?
    With all of those qualifications, how did John Harrison's creation give
    England the supremacy of the seas by virtue of having the "Secret of
    Jim Wilson
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