I am continuing with the Jamestown and entering the dittos. To compensate I am only recording the wind force from the Remarks. This is more reliable that the weather observations, which are often long or vague (such as "pleasant weather"). I am also ignoring the "first part / second part" distinctions in which there is either a change in wind direction or weather during
the watch . I will only use the "second part", which will applies to the end of the watch. This information is optional anyway so I don't suppose there will be any objection.
The perception seems to persist that the skipping the dittos would be a loss of infomation but this ignores the fact that there have been hardly any blanks in the wind direction for this ship so one can safely assume that a skipped line is equivalent to no change in that variable. Be that as it may, I will drop this discussion and move on.
I look forward to a new interface that would make this choice unnecessary. It is not only the early logs that have a lot of repeated values. It happens also in the more recent logs. Being able to drag a value down 2 or more rows would save some typing. Not having to enter the time every row would also save key strokes. It doesn't sound like much the these things add up.
speed will increase by entering all the dittos but I won't be working any harder