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  1. I guess I'll start a thread for discussion all things adventure, instead of cluttering up the boards with multiple similar threads.

    I'm reading captain Joshua Slocum's Sailing alone around the world and I'm trying to locate his given location in the book on Apple or Google maps, or any digital map. I'm trying to locate Latitude 5° N., Longitude 26° 30' W. But I am having a difficult time. I suppose it would make it easier if I understood what each of these numbers and letters represented. I assume the N and W stand for north and west respectively. But I can't help but read the 30' as 30 feet, which doesn't make any sense to me. What does the 30' mean? Why isn't there another number after 5° the way that 30' comes after 26°?

    Any help is much appreciated, thanks!

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    2. Hellbent


      As GhastlyDeath already observed, the location is somewhere between Africa and South America, near the equator (obviously, 5 degrees North). Well, it doesn't matter, my man Slocum is now on the coast of S. America trying to keep his boat from being stolen by a boy who rode up on horseback after Slocum somehow managed to beach his sloop on the shore. Turns out people are very impressed and supportive of his solo circumnavigation of the globe and so they fixed up his boat for free and gave him some money. Nice peeps down there on the coast of Uruguay and Brazil.

      P.S. Nice avatar, GreyGhost. ;)

    3. Hellbent


      fraggle said:

      Thank you! Not sure how I missed this link earlier.

    4. RestlessRodent


      Hellbent said:

      Thank you! Not sure how I missed this link earlier.

      Possible the blind spot in your vision caused your brain to fill the area with the background color of the forum post.