Originally Posted by Michael Taylor
Mine was given me by a retired Mate from a Border Tanker in 1958. Every ship I joined it was carried by hand onto planes if we joined overseas....often wonder how many times I would have been asked at customs in these days..."what is this?".
The sextant box was very handy for keeping documentation in - plane ticket, professional 'ticket', Discharge Book, Seaman's Card, Passport etc. I imagine there were variations in space depending on the type of sextant box you had, mine was a Carl Zeiss Drum Sextant from the then East Germany and there was plenty of space beneath the Sextant to keep paperwork. Cost me £84.15 in 1973 from J.D. Potter Ltd on The Minories - I've still got the receipt, albeit a bit faded.