Noon Ritual

Recent discussions in Sea Breezes, on sextants and celestial navigations, brought back to me the noon time ritual on Blue Funnel Ships.

All the deck officers including the Master and probably a midshipman as well, lined up on the bridge wing to take their noon sights to determine the ship’s latitude by observation of the sun. Taken with the morning longitude (stars) and the estimated ship’s run between the two observations a decent noon position could be arrived at.

I raked out a copy of a Blue Funnel and Glen Line’s Bulletin – indeed the Centenary Edition (1865-1965) and found a very apt photograph of our then daily noon sight display on the bridge wing.

More on this and other news in Sea Breezes Magazine - August 2016 Issue
Click here to subscribe