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    Re: Battenberg Course Indicator
    From: Dave Weilacher
    Date: 2006 Mar 7, 16:27 -0500

    Hi George;
    I would be pleased to have a copy.
    Dave W
    -----Original Message-----
    >From: George Huxtable 
    >Sent: Mar 7, 2006 3:34 PM
    >Subject: Re: Battenberg Course Indicator
    >Paul Hirose wrote-
    >|> 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
    >| At that same site there's a short bio on the inventor, Battenberg. He
    >| was Austrian by birth, which didn't prevent him from having a highly
    >| distinguished career in the Royal Navy. That is, until the outbreak of
    >| war in 1914. Later he took the surname Mountbatten.
    >| http://www.gwpda.org/bio/b/batnburg.html
    >| Getting back to the device itself, I found that The National Maritime
    >| Museum in London has one:
    >| So does the Smithsonian:
    >| http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/navigation/object.cfm?recordnumber=1087634
    >| According to that page, list member Peter Ifland did a writeup on the
    >| Course Indicator in Navigation News back in 2000.
    >| Here's one for sale, price 475 Euros. Either this one is a different
    >| variant, or there's a lot of stuff missing.
    >| http://www.regiozeist.nl/eng_scheeps_instrumenten.htm
    >I have a copy of the RIN's Navigation News for November/December 2000, on page 14 of which is an
    >article by Gloria C Clifton and Peter Ifland entitled "A slice of history: The Battenberg course
    >indicator". Gloria is curator of navigational instruments at Greenwich maritime museum, and now is
    >the museum's director, I understand. Peter is an occasional Nav-L contributor, and author of "Taking
    >the stars" (about sextants, etc) , and a co-author of "Line of position navigation", recently
    >discussed here in relation to Sumner lines.
    >The instrument is nicely explained, as you would expect from those authors, with a clear diagram. It
    >occupies two A4 pages, which I am happy to scan if requested and send to individual email addresses.
    >Just ask. Don't expect a response within10 days or so, however.
    >contact George Huxtable at george@huxtable.u-net.com
    >or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    >or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
    Dave Weilacher
    .IBM AS400 RPG Senior Programmer Analyst/Project Leader
    .USCG Master lic. 100 ton
    .ASA Sailing Instructor Evaluator

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