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Posted By: Walt Mathers on: 09/04/2005 08:21:48 EDT|
Subject: Use of Nautical Telescopes, A Look Back At
Included below is a previous SCARD forum message directed to Associate Ken Dombrowski of California a few years back which will shed light on your most recent so-called ship's captain's spy glass purchase. Please take especial note to the line begining with:
"As to the telescopes..."
You will note that local deficiencies may have been the beginnings of this 'proposed' regulation kit bag although we have yet to locate successive correspondance in order to verify what may have come of it all.
Oft times, as I am sure you know, it is one puzzle piece at a time.
The document follows below. 188.8.131.52.
There was not in my opinion the slightest idea but that you (you is underlined) thought everything was exactly as invoiced.
I can assure you that there were only Eleven Marine Glasses come here, And of the thirty blankets only twenty-nine.
As to the signal equipments, the cans and canteens and the number of sets are all right, but whether a set ought to to have a 4 ft. Red, black and a white + a 6 ft. black flag, or only the black and white, I do not know.
As to the telescopes they are good enough for a dry climate, but they are not good for this damp misty climate.
Here I find that Ships glasses are the best.
Out of all the Marine Glass cases I have received, not a half dozen have been worth a curse to any man on horseback, and I have had twelve made at my own expense. I have them made of heavy harness leather, but good sole leather of Spanish hides is the only thing fit for the business.
If I thought any attention would be paid to the report, I would send one in, giving plans and all necessary details for getting up flags, glass case straps, poles, etc. &c.
In my business connections at home I have plenty of wood manufacturers, who make light, strong work, a specialty, who would be glad to make all jointed staffs at 30 per cent less than the Department is now paying.
Enclosed I send you the receipts properly signed. Please acknowledge etc,
Rec'd (CSO) March 31st. 1863 ~ Defectiveness & Deficiency of Sig Equipments & Stores
Credit Line should read : Copy of Original On File ~ Signal Corps Association (1860-1865) Archive, Glen Burnie, Maryland.
Signal Corps Association (1860-1865)