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Old 05-08-2014, 16:36   #76
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Re: Putting Faith in Electronics

Exactly Astrid,
Like a blind person you develop whatever senses you have left.

In the 70's I got to know many of the old BC captains thru my friendship with the Dolmage family.

They told me that in the days of steam tugs they would feel thier way up Coal Harbour in the fog by listening to the changes in the echoes.

As you know that is a deep harbour so depth soundings did not work so well, but they could slowly head right up into Indian Arm by DR and steam whistle sound.

Also taught me the Fog trick of slowing down to a drift in the narrows and let the main stream carry you safely thru the pass.

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