Weekend special, what the heck?

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now excited to have Ben Stein as very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2019 and beyond.

6 Responses

  1. bilbo says:

    Testing NMEA 2000

  2. Richard Stephens says:

    Surely, that’s a Pocket PC in his left hand!

  3. Walter Guinon says:

    In the early 1900’s certain lightships were equipped with a fog horn, an underwater bell and an RDF signal. The differential time of arrival between the bell and fog horn sound gave distance off. The navigator is listening to an underwater microphone, nulling an RDF meter and taking a visual bearing. A busy guy, not to mention all the traffic.

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I have to admit to being dubious, Walter, but found some backup for your theory here:
    http://www.ob-ultrasound.net/ultrasonics_history.html
    Thanks! What’s the saying—“you learn something every day.” Now I can go back to bed.

  5. Patrick says:

    I’d guess he’s calling out ranges and bearings to a gunnery below deck during a battle.

  6. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I wondered about gunnery too, but here’s more evidence for the ‘Walter’ theory:
    http://www.rudyalicelighthouse.net/NWLts/LV83/LV83.htm

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