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GG: Last Puritan Question

Dear Angela,

It just so happens I took a meteorology class last year (which I enjoyed
very much), and I know for certain that in meteorology, you call the wind by
the direction from which it originates.  Therefore a 'northwest wind' would
be coming from the northwest.  Since quite a number of terms and definitions
in meteorology seem to come from nautical sources, I imagine sailors
identify a wind the same way.


>From: Angela Sawyer <angela@musicfile.com>
>To: <f_minor@email.rutgers.edu>
>Subject: Re: Request for permission and contributions
>Date: Thu, Apr 8, 1999, 7:26 PM

>    The GG content here is rather obscure, but I'm directly in the middle of
>reading George Santayana's "The Last Puritan" and I'm wondering if you could
>tell me an odd detail about sailing.  Do sailors call the wind by the
>direction it's coming from, the direction it's going toward, or are there a
>variety of traditions on how to talk about it?  That is to say, is are
>Newfoundlanders' south-west winds blowing against the Bay Du Nord or the Dog
>Bay Line?
>    Just thought that main character Oliver Alden tended to have different
>things to say when he was standing astern in a bracing wind rather than aft
>looking over the trail left by the boat.  Thanks.
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>-----Original Message----->been working on my Glenn Gould Web site
>http://glenn.fdnet.com.au, rather
>>than sailing :-(