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Peter Why
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Post by Peter Why » May 13th, 2020, 5:42 am

I've just spent an hour recording (and a few hours editing) a chapter on sailing a small boat, from a book by A. Hyatt Verrill, which I found on Gutenberg. I thought it would make a good piece for our non-fiction collection.

So, when I had finished, I started making a note of the various details, ready to create the intro and outro, and to give them to the BC of the collection .... and then found that the author died in 1954 .... which means that I shouldn't even have downloaded it!

So ... always check your author's death date before recording!

I've had to delete the recording and my copy of the book.

By the way, if anyone else wants to record this chapter, there's a typo in the paragraph starting "To reef a sail ....". The line "... then pass the luff earring through its cringle ..." should read "LEACH" earring. I know this from sailing a dinghy, but it's also made clear a few sentences later: "Then, when the wind lulls, .... casting off the leach earring and then casting off the luff earring."

Title: The book of the sailboat

Chapter Title: Chapter five, how to sail a small boat

Author: A. Hyatt Verrill (1871-1954)

Published: 1916

Peter
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Post by TriciaG » May 13th, 2020, 6:04 am

That stinks.

I've done almost the same thing. I set up a group project about attempts to climb Mt. Everest - had the sections all done, filled in the MW and everything - then noticed that some of the contributors died in the '60s and '70s. :evil:
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Post by Peter Why » May 13th, 2020, 6:09 am

I do wish that there could be an international agreement on copyright!

.... at least, as long as it works well for us.

Peter
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Post by Penumbra » May 13th, 2020, 9:04 am

Do you know if the typo is in the original text or if it was introduced by Gutenberg? If the latter, you might want to tell them so they can fix it. Thanks for pointing it out.
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Post by Peter Why » May 13th, 2020, 10:01 am

My impression is that it would have been in the original text; it's not simply a spelling error. Instead of naming two different locations on a sail (the front and back of the bottom edge), the same location was named twice.

Peter
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