Marine: Mercer Chronometer 15265

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  1. HUDD

    HUDD Registered User

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    Here are pics and info on my Thomas Mercer Chronometer. Made in 1939 it was sent to MV Bulolo a passanger and cargo ship belonging to the Burns, Philp Shipping Co. of Sidney Australia. Comandeered by the Royal Navy later in 1939 and converted to an armed merchant cruiser providing support to the Mediterranean and Atlantic convoys. Converted again after a couple of years to an HQ communications ship and responsible for controlling allied landings in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and Gold Beach during the D Day landings. It also served as host to Churchill Roosevelt meetings and later in the South Pacific taking the Japanese surrender of Singapore. When the ship was returned to the original owners after the war the chronometer was retained by the Royal Navy until being taken off charge in 1970.

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    Mike
     
  2. doug sinclair

    doug sinclair Registered User

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    Great provenance. This would be a great addition to the Marine Chronometer Picture Gallery sticky. It deserves to not get "buried" over time.
     
  3. Jerry Freedman

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    I would like photos of chronometer movements taken with balance stopped. Just my choice since I like to see type of balances used.
     
  4. Ralph

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    It would be nice if text was somehow attached to the images, so you can appreciate and know what you were looking at.

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  5. HUDD

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    Hi Doug Not quite sure how to do that ? Is it something the moderator deals with or do I need to re-post in the picture gallery section myself ?

    Incidentally, I live in St. Albans about a half mile from the original Mercer workshop which still exists and has been converted to a pair of semi detached dwellings. The later enlarged workshop was demolished a while ago as part of a housing development scheme.

    Mike
     
  6. Paul Regan

    Paul Regan Registered User

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    Hudd, what a wonderful Mercer. Thanks for posting.
     
  7. Jim Haney

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    Mike,
    The picture gallery at the top is an open forum and you can post pictures there.

    Doug's comment was his opinion only, mine is that the pictures there will also move down the list as time goes on.
     
  8. Luis Casillas

    Luis Casillas Registered User

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    I don't see that there is a on obvious consensus among the subforum's participants on whether posts like these should be collected into the Gallery or not. I also don't see that other watch-related subforums have such a requirement—our stickied Gallery post is unique. I've made a post with a poll to gauge what people think.
     

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