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    Battenberg Course Indicator
    From: Paul Hirose
    Date: 2006 Mar 5, 13:13 -0800

    I came across this by chance while prowling the Internet. "The
    Battenberg Course Indicator was invented in 1892 by Captain H. S. H.
    Prince Louis of Battenberg, G.C.B., afterwards Admiral-of-the-Fleet The
    Marquess of Milford Haven, P.C., G.C.B., G.C.V.O., K.C.M.G., LL.D. It is
    practically the mooring board in mechanical form, and is designed for
    the rapid solution of a series of ordinary speed and distance triangles
    frequently met with in fleet work."
    To me the instrument looks like a mechanization of the maneuvering
    board. It has arms and sliders on which you set up the inputs and read
    the outputs. "Owing to the small inaccuracies inseparable from an
    instrument built with moving parts on robust lines, the answers
    furnished by individual instruments will vary slightly."
    (This consists of scans of the instructions, and photos showing the
    setups for several example problems. It must total a couple meg, so
    there will be a delay with a dial-up connection.)
    There are several other interesting links at the parent site. "Boxing
    the compass, points of the compass", etc.
    I found the 1908 document "Coaling from a Collier" interesting, though
    the instructions were about 70% incomprehensible due to the thicket of
    terminology. Good grief, what a detestable task coaling must have been!
    "The first maxim in coaling should be to get every single officer and
    man that can be spared, into the collier to dig out the coal... You will
    find at the commencement of a commission, that there are various ratings
    who look upon it as a right to be excused coaling. Meet them with a
    stony eye, and say there is no such thing as 'having a right' when the
    coal has to come in."
    The author, Christopher Cradock, commanded the small British force that
    confronted von Spee's powerful squadron in the battle off Coronel in
    1914. He was killed when his cruiser HMS Good Hope blew up.

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