That's how I end up with so many AVO 8s Jim. Can be catching.
Michael Taylor;2960131. Every ship I joined it was carried by hand onto planes if we joined overseasthis?".[/QUOTE said:I carried mine always right from first Third Mate. A nuisance to carry but once on board it was mine and enjoyable use.
On a BA flight one night, Bermuda to Heathrow the stewardess came to me and invited to come up the fight deck. Spent three hours up there.
Found a Cooke's catalogue circa about 1960I took Second Mates in Hull in 1964 and baught an old Hillman Minx for £50. After passing I sold the car for £55 and bought a brand new B Cookes Super Kingston sextant and had a little change left over! The car cost me nothing therefore and the sextant served me well until I came ashore.
V funny Bob. Sad such jovialities (and similar) now mostly consigned to the past....Chief Engineer...…..going out on deck at noon with a metre long straight edge and a Moore and Wright protractor type engineers square with a level bubble to squint at the sun/horizon.....Bob
HowardI knew Graham later in the late 1970's and the youthful navigator in the picture doesn't look like the Graham I remember (but neither do I look like my teen age self!)
The Cooke’s catalogue from which I copied the cover appears to have been printed in 1959. Whoever the model was would have been in their final year at THNS.Howard
You may well be right. Back in 67 when I was cadet in the City of Brisbane the 1st Officer Bill Roberts [ ex THNS ] was on about the picture on Cookes advert in Browns NA being Grahm Bottrel but dont know if this was same picture. Its a THNS lad for sure,
The sextant box was very handy for keeping do***entation 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.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?".
No doubt you got discounts then!Spent many happy hours mooching through J.D. Potter Ltd. I was good friends with one of the senior men, we shared a pub in Essex ( as patrons) in the mid 70"s.