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Old 07-14-2017, 06:35 PM   #1
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Default I found an Antique Fathometer on the Dutch bank.

Found this yesterday. I even used one of these back in the early 50s. Any of you young guys know what it's called.
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Old 07-14-2017, 07:02 PM   #2
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We called them Sounders in my Oceanography class, got the use one on feild trip and I was the guinea pig, finger to finger I'm 6'6"
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Nope, that's what they were used for not there name.
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I believe it's called a harpoon depth sounder.
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Now that's cool.
Ron you ever take pictures when diving?
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I took loots of videos and pictures commercially and lately with the go pro like cameras. Harpoon depth sounder, come on get serious. looking for what the object is.
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My bad, the weight is called a plummet.
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"sounding lead" ?

Used when taking soundings (depth) with a weight and a hand line.

I do know the cup at the bottom of the lead was meant to catch a bit of the bottom, whether mud or sand or rock.

It would help to identify the area or aid in the best anchorage sites.

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I took loots of videos and pictures commercially and lately with the go pro like cameras. Harpoon depth sounder, come on get serious. looking for what the object is.
I've always wondered what Dutch Banks looked like. Fished it many times.
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PS... I'll buy it if you are willing to sell. Nice nautical oddity to have on a shelf.

Too add info. I think sailors would add a bit of tallow (rendered beef fat, {think Crisco lard}) in the cup so whatever the bottom material was it would stick to the tallow.

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