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Burt,Appreciating and collecting these historical instruments is certainly not a new idea as illustrated by this report from the U.S. Naval Observatory records.
To : The Superintendent of the Naval Observatory, Washington D.C. C.H. Davis, Captain U.S.N. July 28,1902
In part: "I beg to call to your attention to the small but interesting collection of old historic chronometers on hand, the nucleus of what I hope to become a large and important museum of great interest to visitors to the observatory". "I need mention only a few.....to illustrate the value......intimately associated with.....the officers, ships and history of the Navy".
Negus 1256 from the Vandalia, lost in a hurricane at Samoa
Negus 1366 the chronometer of the Polaris, Captain Hall, lost in the Artic Ocean.it was buried 4 years in the snow and then recovered and returned by Captain Nares, of the British Navy
Negus 1630 with Delong (escapement?) on board Jannette when lost in the Artic Ocean, recovered, taken to the Lena Delta by Melville
Other historic chronometers by Eggert, Bliss, Poole and Dent were also mentioned in this report.
Edward Everett Hayden
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy
Department of Chronometers and Time Service
I just happened to discover this factoid this evening. The USS Trenton was the first to use electricity for lighting aboard ship. This was in 1883. May be pertinent or not??This is probably a dumb question, but when did they start using electricity on navy ships? I am guessing that the B-C was used to telegraph the time to the bridge and possibly the captain and navigator quarters.