WWII era Stadimeter, U.S.Navy Bu. ships, 1942. Made by Schick Incorporated Stamford, Conn. as stated on the makers plate mounted onto the front of the instrument box. In original fitted mahogany box with brass bail handles on sides and adjustment directions attached to the interior of the lid. The stadimeter also has an applied brass plate on the edge engraved “GRAFF, WASHBOURNE & DUNN, NEW YORK.” The adjustment plate is engraved U.S. NAVY M1027.
Good working order. Survives in good condition with expected wear from use. Retains the original scope and adjustment tool. Box with wear to the finish and brass bail handles on each end. Measures 12 1/2” X 7” X 6 1/2” tall. One of the brass catches on the front is missing it’s keep.
A stadimeter is an optical device for estimating the range to an object of known height by measuring the angle between the top and bottom of the object as observed at the device.
THE JAMESTOWN-YORKTOWN FOUNDATION
The deed of gift from the family that donated this nautical object, stipulated that the proceeds of the sale would support the Jamestown Settlement sailing program. Private funding has an essential role in supporting the largely volunteer nature of this effort. Along with three paid staff members, up to 35 individuals volunteer 10,000 hours each year to maintain and sail these historic ships.
Jamestown Settlement’s Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery – re-creations of the three vessels that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607 – have been designated “the official fleet of the Commonwealth” by the Virginia General Assembly.
Each year one of the ships sails periodically to other ports to participate in commemorative and community events and host educational programs for students. Sailing program volunteer crew assist visitors and students in exploring the ships and learning about the 1607 voyage and 17th-century shipboard activities.
Jamestown Settlement is located on State Route 31 and the Colonial Parkway. For more information and admission rates, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838, or visit www.historyisfun.org.
Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery is proud to be selected as the marketing and selling agent for this donated collection of nautical items in order to raise funds to support the Jamestown Settlement sailing program. Please donate generously to the Jamestown Settlement to help keep this important piece of our American history flourishing.