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    Re: C+P
    From: Robert Eno
    Date: 2004 Mar 20, 00:09 -0500

    Here's the scoop:
    "The firm of Cassens and Benecke in Breman had been founded in 1902 by
    Captain Tanne Jansen Cassens and a certain Benecke; this firm sold nautical
    instruments on a comparatively modest scale. When, in 1908, Benecke left the
    firm for unknown reasons, Captain Cassens offered Theodore Plath the chance
    of becoming his new partner. Theodore Plath accepted on the condition that
    the firm should also contain the name Plath after the change, and so the
    general partnership of Cassens and Plath, Nautical Institute, was founded
    with effect from 1st April, 1909 and, on 10th April it was entered in the
    commercial register of the Bremen Municipal Court.
    It was, of course, not the firm's intention to produce its nautical
    instruments in Bremen as well. The function of the Nautical Institute
    Cassens and Plath was rather to ensure that the compasses, sextants and
    numerous other nautical instruments produced by C.Plathe in Hamburege were
    also marketed in Bremen shipping circles. Furthermore, it could act as a
    repair and servicing station for ships in Bremen equipped with Plath
    instruments. This arrangement worked until a completely different set of
    circumstances led to the sale of Plath's share of the business to its Bremen
    partner in 1962."
    Reference: From Sextant to Satellite Navigation. 1867 - 1987. 150 years.
    C.Plath.  Friedrich Jerchow.
    It should be noted that C.Plath was bought out by Litton Industries in 1962.
    The above is the "official" story. I understand that after the split, there
    was some "discussions" about Cassens and Plath using the name "Plath" in
    their company.
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Dan Allen" 
    Sent: Friday, March 19, 2004 12:40 PM
    Subject: Re: C+P
    > I had long believed them to be very similar, but then I became aware that
    > others said that they had nothing in common and were completely different
    > companies with a coincidental name that made people think they were
    > Does anyone on this list know the real scoop on the C. Plath and Cassens &
    > Plath relationship, if any?
    > Dan
    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: Navigation Mailing List
    > [mailto:NAVIGATION-L@LISTSERV.WEBKAHUNA.COM]On Behalf Of Steven Wepster
    > Sent: Friday, March 19, 2004 6:43 AM
    > Subject: C+P [was Re: Sisteco Prismatic Compass]
    > C.Plath and Cassens+Plath sextants look so similar
    > that I suspect they come from the same drawing table---perhaps even
    > out of the same workshop.

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