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AvastMH

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Presumably not for dress making -
« on: December 14, 2014, 01:54:33 pm »
I've noticed that, about every couple of weeks, the Pioneer buys a couple of bolts of red and white signal cloth... that's a stack load of fabric...does anyone have any idea of what they might use it for, please? They are surveying the sea floor between Long Beach and Santa Barbara. Thanks.

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Re: Presumably not for dress making -
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2014, 04:36:28 pm »
Dressing up bouys to attract tourists?  :P ;D

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Re: Presumably not for dress making -
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2014, 04:38:10 pm »
 ;D ;D ;D

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Re: Presumably not for dress making -
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2014, 07:29:30 pm »
I love googling.  :)  Bilby Towers!!

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The great classical continent-spanning geodetic networks of the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries had two major obstacles to overcome ? distance and the curvature of the Earth. ... The curvature of the Earth, particularly in areas of low relief, required the building of artificial high points in order to make stations many miles apart visible to each other.
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Jasper Bilby, a long-time builder and reconnaissance man for the Coast and Geodetic Survey, devised an ingenious solution. On his travels throughout the United States, he observed many steel windmills built by Aermotor Windmill Company. In 1926, Bilby worked with Aermotor to design and build re-usable steel survey towers.
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Stewart was also involved with the establishment of visual hydrographic signals between the primary stations. These were large tripods covered with signal cloth of various colours for ease of identification by the hydrographic survey crews.

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Re: Presumably not for dress making -
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2014, 08:23:53 pm »
Wow  great find Janet! The cloth industry must have been positively IN LOVE with the hydro survey folk!  A few notes about bolts of cloth and we are all so much wiser about tower building. How crazy a connection is that?  I LOVE this project. :D

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Re: Presumably not for dress making -
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2014, 09:06:38 pm »
That is fascinating!  What a find, Janet.  I'm in awe of anyone who can manage to track down this answer from the question posed.

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Re: Presumably not for dress making -
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2014, 10:08:56 pm »
Amazing!

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Re: Presumably not for dress making -
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2014, 12:47:40 am »
;D

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