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    Compass error correction
    From: Byron Franklin
    Date: 2010 Jul 7, 12:16 -0700

    Compass Error Correction. To Joe and others, I looked on the Internet and did find) trial and error with my name on it? the only place I could find it was a school that taught many subjects. I looked in the quartermaster 1st and chief. MY technique was there but no mention of trial and error. I do have a navigation compendium and it mention trial and error not under my name. The important thing is the alongside the pier writing I sent to NAVLIST is not a trial and error, it is a definite way of to monitor the compass movement, getting a true bearing and while tied up can check the compass with a single observation of the known bearing to the Navaid. The Franklin Piloting Technique is for underway or any time. I have used it at over 15 knots, but you must have good bearing shooters. As for the Compendium I remember a Navy writer coming into OCS 1965 I believe. I was introduced to him along with many other chiefs teaching navigation at that time. He was not a teacher, but a writer. This writer was there to pick brains of the chiefs to write this Compendium. So where my name was attached to trial and error I do not know, (It is not attached in the Compendium) and certainly would not want my name attached to trial and error. Trial and error is useless, a very slow process and would not be used normally on Navy ships. You really don't have time to guess. Looking back at some of my old papers I find, trial and error listed with my technique, not with my name, at Annapolis Maryland and other places. Maybe a good sea story will explain how my technique came about in the Navy. I had developed the Franklin Plotting technique on an old liberty Hull with very bad Gyro; I alone knew and used this technique. Years later, I was transferred from a Polaris submarine to OCS (1964). OCS Newport, they had YP’S boats for underway training. The YP’S did have bad Gyro's. A friend of mine a senior chief quartermaster was complaining that he hated to show three-point fixes on the blackboard in class, and then go to sea with his students and plotting large triangles with confusion as a result. I took 15 minutes to teach the senior chief quartermaster how to use this technique, making drawings on a piece of paper. The senior chief went to sea on the YP’S the next week, after a week at sea in Newport Narragansett Bay. He came back to the classroom, he told me of him, just sitting on the chart desk, after explaining to the OCS my technique, and said they handled the Gyro beautifully getting good fixes instead of large triangles. He pushed me into to send a letter to Oceanographic Office Washington DC. I did not mention I was in the Navy. Mr. Brown of the oceanographic office received the letter and evaluated as the best thing that he had ever evaluated. He found out who I was and where I was, OCS, by questioning the Department of Navy personnel. He named it the Franklin piloting technique and wrote an article on its use. The Franklin piloting technique was not authorized in the OCS curriculum. By this time, it was legally taught on the YP’S at Annapolis Maryland., and was also taught at OCS under the table. The Capt. OCS got word of FPT. Being taught at Annapolis and a member of his staff was the one who developed it. He did not know that it was taught under the covers at his command on the YP’S. Since it was not on the curriculum at OCS ’l was told they could not use it, but the YP’S continue it use? (It solved problem of the bad gyro.) Earlier I was called in to the Capt. and asked why Annapolis was using my technique and I told the captain that paperwork on my technique was on his commander’s desk for about a year. .After another evaluation at his command the captain offered me money for a Benny suggestion or a metal. I was transferred to the aircraft carrier Intrepid after she ran aground I ended up getting the money from OCS and later getting the medal from the Intrepid. There's much more to the sea story but it could go on forever. Our first day above the Intrepid we got on the way and I discovered they had 1.5 E error without touching the chart all I did was see the triangles that was plotinged. With a little chart work and practice you may look at you text or training course and master the problem of compass error.
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