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    Re: Battenberg Course Indicator
    From: Joel Jacobs
    Date: 2006 Mar 6, 13:49 +0000
    A very similar device was used by our Navy in WW II. I have seen them a couple of times, but have never paid much attention nor have I saved the information or taken pictures. The interesting thing is that it stood the test of time and was in service over here. Maybe Henry H. can offer some insight.
     
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    -------------- Original message from Paul Hirose <cfuhb-acdgw@EARTHLINK.NET>: --------------


    > 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 movin! g parts on robust lines, the answers
    > furnished by individual instruments will vary slightly."
    >
    > http://www.gwpda.org/naval/ou5274.htm
    > (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.
    >
    > http://www.gwpda.org/naval/n0000000.htm#swt
    >
    > 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
    > fin! d at th e 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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