A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Richard Toohey
Date: 2021 Feb 15, 10:14 -0500
I've enjoyed NavList for a while, but this is my first post.
I recently acquired a 1958 C Plath sextant. Unfortunately it is missing the washer (and/or cover) for the back of the index arm bearing. I believe I have the screw (it was loose in the box). I've attached a photo (as well a couple of photos before and after taking the sextant apart and cleaning and lubing it - thanks Bill Morris, I'd never have dared do it without your book and blog!).
Two questions. First, does anyone know where I might find the missing part? I've emailed Robert E. White already, but are there any other potential sources? Fabricating one with a flat side on the ID is probably beyond my abilities (though if I can't find the part I may try casting one out of epoxy).
Second, if anyone happens to have a photo of the same sextant, I'd be very interested in seeing exactly what the missing part is supposed to look like. I've done a bit of browsing on the internet and there are of course lots of photos of similar old C Plath sextants, but I haven't seen one showing the back of the sextant.