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Old 12-26-2017, 12:02 PM   #21
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As a demonstration of “how things have changed,” in the mid-80s for USN planning of coastal/interior missions in Africa and South America we would send off to the old Defense Mapping Agency for maps of our projected areas of operation. Upper Amazon Basin, Congo River Basin, etc. A few weeks later, weighty 8” diameter corrugated tubes of maps would show up – usually all solid robin’s egg blue – period. That was the key for “unmapped” or words to that effect.

Then it was off to the National Geographic Society to open purchase whatever they had for the areas of interest – the maps they included in the previously published issue of the magazine that covered the area. It’s been an amazing step change – so long as EMP doesn’t get you or the batteries die.
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Old 12-26-2017, 12:16 PM   #22
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Cardude - thanks for the tip - just ordered the illustrated version.
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Old 12-26-2017, 12:31 PM   #23
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I hope you realize that quite a few here on this forum sailed or flew in the far corners of this planet with just a compass, clock and chart.
During my firsts transatlantic crossings in the early 80's, I did not have any of those. One of my boats had no electricity, nav. lights were kerosene but I had two $ 10.00 quartz clocks for longitude, checked with the short wave radio (batteries). Position was calculated with sextant and tables offshore plus goniometry when available along the coast.
The main compass was inside but I looked at my handheld compass from time to time.
Nobody thought it was difficult but there were less people crossing.
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The Shackleton voyage rivaled Blighs but didnt get decent recognition for a long time.
I think that was due to the fact that the carnage in Flanders held the attention of all Britain.

The great paradox of the Shackleton story is that had all those young men not been successfully battling for survival against incredible odds, they would have been junior officers in the BEF and almost certainly dead.
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