Sunrise in the Pacific. We used to take a bearing of the sun as she came up so as to check the compass error using amplitude tables. We checked the compass error every watch, provided that we could see the sun or the stars, and the amplitude method was by far the simplest way. The result was entered in the Deviation Book, kept in the chartroom.

Glynne Pritchard sent me the picture of sunset in the Red Sea. There would be a lot of people on deck at that time, hoping to see the green flash as the sun's rim dipped below the horizon. Rarely seen, but worth it when it was.



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