Welcome to the NavList Message Boards.

NavList:

A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding

Compose Your Message

Message:αβγ
Message:abc
Add Images & Files
    or...
       
    Reply
    Re: Plath KS 3D
    From: Wolfgang Köberer
    Date: 2015 Oct 13, 02:00 -0700

    Bill is right, of course, it is a Plath artificial horizon SOLD sextant, the artificial horizon provided by a gyroscope as opposed to the bubble in the other type of SOLD. SKS obviously can be spelled out as SOLD Kreisel Sextant. The National Maritime Museum holds quite a few - donated from different government agencies who took them off German planes and (U-)Boats after WWII. They are depicted and described in Willem Mörzer Bruyns wonderful "Sextants at Greenwich", p. 233 - 239.

    What SOLD stands for still is unclear, unfortunately the Plath archives were destroyed when Hamburg was bombed during "Operation Gomorrha" in the summer of 1943. The literature on Plath does not give an explanation and persons that could have all died by now.

    The instrument discussed here seems not to stem from the navy as the navy instruments were usually marked "M" (for: Marine).  As for the value: I recently acquired a bubble SOLD quite cheaply, it is in working condition thanks to Bill who repaired it but lacks the case and the telescope. Bill has written about it and another SOLD in his blog.

    One last remark: the "Deutsche Seewarte" (bottom right of the instruction leaflet) was the German hydrographic institution until WWII, its successor was the Deutsches Hydrographisches Institut (DHI) now named Bundesamt für Seeschiffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH). The "Seewarte" tested sextants and chronometers and issued pilot books etc. It's got nothing to do with the coast guard as has been suggested here.

    Regards

    Wolfgang

       
    Reply
    Browse Files

    Drop Files

    NavList

    What is NavList?

    Join NavList

    Name:
    (please, no nicknames or handles)
    Email:
    Do you want to receive all group messages by email?
    Yes No

    You can also join by posting. Your first on-topic post automatically makes you a member.

    Posting Code

    Enter the email address associated with your NavList messages. Your posting code will be emailed to you immediately.
    Email:

    Email Settings

    Posting Code:

    Custom Index

    Subject:
    Author:
    Start date: (yyyymm dd)
    End date: (yyyymm dd)

    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site