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    Instrument repair
    From: Peter Fogg
    Date: 2002 Dec 19, 08:51 +1100

    Robert Eno wrote:
    > ... The only person I know of who know/knew
    > how to fix these things was a fellow in Australia who may or may not be with
    > us anymore. He was over 80 years of age ten years ago. I have not heard from
    > him in a while.
    If that was Max of Edwin Bowers & Sons Pty Ltd he did pass away a few months
    ago. Apart from being a very nice bloke he will be sorely missed as the only
    person known who could repair nautical instruments: sextants, cronometers and
    compasses. The last time I saw him he had a huge ship's compass on his bench he
    was tinkering with. It seems he was the second generation of a family business,
    but his own son died before him so that dynasty, and business, is extinct.
    And here I was thinking that the United States may be the closest place to now
    find someone with those skills? If anyone knows of another Australian please
    let me know.

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