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    Traverse board.
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2005 Nov 29, 19:21 -0000

    In connection with a forthcoming publication, a colleague and I are looking
    for a line-drawing of a traverse-board. That's the device, rather like a
    dartboard, with holes to represent compass-points, that was hung up on a
    bulkhead near the wheel. Pegs (on strings) were pushed in to mark the
    successive courses steered during a watch, and another block of holes,
    below, was used to indicate the successive speeds logged. Using such a
    device, a watchkeeper did not need to be literate.
    
    I know of two photos of traverse-boards, one in E G R Taylor's "The
    Haven-finding art", and one on J E D Williams' "From Sails to Satellites".
    For clarity, though, a line drawing is greatly preferred to a half-tone
    picture. Any suggestions?
    
    George.
    
    
    

       
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