Helping Heloise, to preserve digital charts

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now excited to have Ben Stein as very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2019 and beyond.

4 Responses

  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I also hope that marine electronics companies with “obsolete” plotters and other gear gathering dust somewhere will consider getting them functional so the technology they attained can be documented. I’m as guilty as anyone about focusing almost exclusively on what’s new and what the future may bring — maybe worse than most! — but I still think we’ll regret it if we let this history slip away.

  2. MaineFog says:

    Ham Radio is an axample where the history has been preserved including the equipment, some of which is still operable.
    It will be interesting to compare the charts of the electronic era. Perhaps we will see how the GPS enabled fancy 3D, color, Google Earth connected, chromed, real time, carry it on your iPhone charts are derived from really old paper charts.
    I hope some of the original equipment makes it to the museum.

  3. Brian R. says:

    I think it would be helpful to be able to view an online catalogue of what images have already been collected, differentiating screen shots from equipment images. It would also help to be able to view the images themselves, even if only in low-resolution form, and/or a rating of image quality. A wish-list of images that are particularly desired might be nice, as well.
    This type of information would help those of us who might be in a position to obtain such images through considerable effort (such as by the resurrecting of moth-balled hardware) to ascertain the level of need.

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Thanks, Brian. I forwarded your request to Heloise, but I don’t think she’s got very much in the way of images at all. She sent me six as possible illustrations for this entry. The four I didn’t use are:
    Artists impression of Disc Navigation AB (1986) (subsequently acquired by Robertson Tritech)
    Transas Marine’s NS-2400 ECDIS (1997) (Photograph of working hardware)
    2 screenshots of Offshore Systems ECPINS VME (1990-1999) and ECPINS-W (1998-present, currently in service with the Royal Navy)
    It seems like she’s been searching more at the ship level, but I haven’t had much luck when I’ve looked for historical images of recreational level plotters. I suspect that anything you, or anyone else, can do will be a help.
    Come to think of it, this Datamarine, kept alive by C-Map, is one of the few working historic plotter I know of:

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