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    #9 JS. I used to think a Strum Box was the case to keep one's ukelele in.
    and ....a Sextant was a tiny six-legged insect that was checked whether 'twas male or female.
    and a MacGregor Cover was a shelter in the garden for a certain Beatrix Potter gentleman to keep an eye on his vegetables from being decimated by naughty rabbits.
    ......and a Binnacle was a little rubbish container.
    ...and a Deviascope was something a pervy butler would use to spy on the Mistress of the House.
    and Dipping the Ensign meant lowering it into the water.
    and Log Tables were the trestles that Chippy constructed on the poopdeck for the crew barbecues.
    There's hundreds more.....

    Mind you,long before I got troubled by learning about marine vocabulary,I had trouble coming to understand words like...picturesque,which sounded to me like a picture that wasn't hanging straight,not helped by a big sister who told me it was pronounced "picture skew" ,and seeing a shop called "Panache" which begged the question why a round flat inanimate frying utensil with a handle could possibly feel any pain ......pan ache !
    Oh Well !

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    #11 Did you also think a blister ship was covered in elastoplasts ? A schooner was an Australian glass of beer , and a dreadnought was an anti VD kit. And the VD stood for very daring ?. Cheers JS
    PS maybe the last two words would be more appropriate to say very dosey like one of Snow whites 7 dwarfs . JS.
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    I never sailed on a Dreadnought, but I got plenty of discharges from a Schooner.
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    On the Binacle was Macenzies Balls.
    Why were they his and not those of some one else.
    Happy daze John in Oz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happy daze john in oz View Post
    On the Binacle was Mackenzies Balls.
    Why were they his and not those of some one else.
    John,who the heck was Mackenzie? I've always known them as Lord Kelvin's Balls.In the US they are also called Navigator's Balls,and believe me sometimes you just had to have them at times !
    I know you have a compass adjuster friend,so maybe he has been spinning you,well....a load of balls!The picture shows one of the aforementioned balls -painted green,so presumably on the starboard side of said compass. It's quite a big bas***d,isn't it? It could well be called an Adolf Hitler Ball,because (allegedly)-
    #" Hitler has only got one ball
    Goering has two-but very small
    Himmler has something sim'lar,
    and Goebbels has no balls at all #" !

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    They must have been specials brought in to correct coefficient F when it comes in next year with the climate change . The flinders bar may also have to be extended for at least another fathom so can also be utilised to fly the F flag which Des reckons means I’m effed . JS
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    With apologies, a whoofter would have had a lovely time on the wheel of that ship, would have kept her happy for the watch.
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    On one cruise ship, now gone to the Alang heaven there was a complete compass gimbal in one of the bars.
    But the balls were around the wrong way if the compass was being used as it should.
    I pointed it out to a junior officer who told me they no longer use a compass like that.
    I know that but not sure if he knew the balls were round the wrong way.
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    #18. The gimbals john are just to keep the compass card horizontal when ship is rolling the balls are outside the binnacle and are soft iron correctors. Other magnets which visitors dont see are inside the binnacle. The gimbals without the compass would not mean anything to anyone. Think you must be saying the whole unit compass with attached gimbals was on display . The gimbals would have been useful if adapted to fit your glass standing on the bar to keep its contents from slopping over the edge of the glass. Cheers don’t spill any. JS

    PS In a previous post I mentioned co- efficient F which was put there for a joke as doesn’t exist. Graham didn’t take the bait and now has me worried that maybe there is one and the jokes on me. What I remember the flinders bar was to correct Co-effiicient D and Lord Kelvins Balls for Co-efficient C . All the magnets. Inside the binnacle were for other co-efficients . Your gimbals were there were to cut down the effects of pitching as well as rolling. JS .
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    #13 Just seen Des ...hope you put the chocolate box over the ships side discharge , dont want it going over all the Quay , and rotting people’s shoes do we . Cheers JS
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