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Old 17th June 2019, 12:57
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Originally Posted by Michael Taylor View Post
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.
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