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    I just scored an antique E.N. Welch carriage clock called the Little Lord Fauntleroy. This is the same clock and vintage as the tin clock Slocum carried around the world. The original sank with Spray but mine is the same model built in the early 1890s. I will find a nice nest for it aboard Jacqueline.

    Interesting story re the tin clock in Ocean Navigator from 20 years ago.

    https://oceannavigator.com/searching-for-slocums-clock/


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    That's very cool Mike! As I fight with technology trying to meet PacCup's latest requirements for onboard e-mail, etc., Slocum's reasons for the clock resonate!

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    Yea Bob, it will be a reminder that technology is not the be all and end all. I can use the reminder!

    I tried but couldn't resist buying it when I came across it online. As the article author noted, you never know if you'll have another chance.

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    That is a very cool little clock, Mike. Are you in Australia now?

    Speaking of technology, I checked out a little doohickey from the Oakland Public Library with my library card. It's half the size of my iphone, and is a Verizon wifi hot spot. Amazingly, it works here on the water in the Delta.

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    And no, I am not required to pay for T Mobile service for it to work. Amazing.
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    Not off to Australia yet, headed out on the 25th of July. Speaking of which, funny situation with my Brother in Law. He was an airline pilot flying for Air New Guinea for many years. The Australian and PNG Covid quarantine requirements got so lengthy on his two month tours that he just gave up and retired. He is now driving a dump truck in Brisbane to keep himself busy. From flying people to driving dirt.... Well, at least he is working. I, on the other hand, have been wasting money on sailboats and tin clocks since I retired. Having said this, I've found that wasting money is hard work, but someone has to do it.

    Re T-mobile, nice. I am a Tmobile customer and just turned off Comcast (hooray) and am now getting internet via relatively new T-mobile wireless service which is cheaper and works fantastic. Similar to your device, I also use my phone hotspot when out and about on the water.

    Sounds a little antiethical to the "tin clock" philosophy though. We should probably be ashamed of ourselves.
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    Jackie, that doohickey reminds me of the white doohickeys we won at the BYC Midwinters. We're supposed to lay the phone on it to charge.

    I keep trying to plug its cord into my phone to charge it, but it doesn't charge. I think I got a bad one.

    I'd post a photo of it but, you know...
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    Jackie, I reread your post. You checked that thing out from the library?!! That is a pretty awesome library resource. Too bad they don't check out rafts, epirbs, and SOLAS pyrotechnics.
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    here is the original clock drawing in "Sailing Alone Around the World"

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    Mike, I'm guessing yours cost more than that, especially since it has better face. Congratulations!

    Double handing a gaff rigged Tahiti Ketch down the coast of Baja in '89, the skipper used two $15 Casio watches in their original clear plastic boxes, that he kept in a drawer. He knew the +/- deviation for each one, and had a receiver to get WWV.

    My, how times have changed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike cunningham View Post
    That is a pretty awesome library resource. Too bad they don't check out rafts, epirbs, and SOLAS pyrotechnics.
    There are five separate library fees listed on my property tax bill in Oakland. Often, when I ask for a book, they have to order it from some other library. Like the Jack Reacher series: Not really the kind of book my neighbors read ;-) I can also order tools from the Oakland Tool library up at Telegraph and Claremont.

    Maybe I'll type in: Life Raft, see if Sal's is listed as an approved source. As for pyrotechnics? Well, they are being sold up at the local grocery in Rio Vista. I'll bet you can get 'em in Discovery Bay, too.

    Ok, gotta go try out that new, high end ladder of mine.
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