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Log, Nautical


Accession number: 91.17
Date: before 1991
Measurements: 21 in L x 3 in WWidth at widest part
Narrative: A log is an instrument for estimating the speed of a ship. It is towed astern and is so constructed that it turns as it is pulled through the water, the number of turns is automatically counted by the gauges on the log. It then had to be taken and read. Later, an attached gauge on deck did the recording of the turns. Walkers in England were the manufacturers and are still in existence.
History of Use: A log is an instrument for estimating the speed of a ship. It is towed behind the ship and truns as its pulled through the water, the number of turns is automatically counted in a given time. It is then taken back up a board the ship to be read. 
Manufacturer: Walker