Used to measure wind speed at Gabo Island. Max gust register and wind speed indicator were interconnected to anemometor also on display. Registor and speed / direction indicator redundant due to transition to radio transmitter and computer data recorder. This instrument for measuring wind speed by knots was made by Paton Electrical, Sydney, a radio receiving manufacturing firm which operated until c.1956. It was used in conjunction with the manual anemometer. An instrument now redundant to modern weather forecasting, it is a good example of its kind and has first level contributory significance for its historic value and provenance to the lightstation.
It is a good example of its kind and has first level contributory significance for its historic value and provenance to the lightstation.
Knots wind speed indicator. Housed in a black & grey metal box shaped enclosure. The front is sloped with a guage and indcator dial. Around this are eight clear orange plastic knobs with directions inscribed next to each knob.
Inscriptions & markings
Around front in clockwise direction,"N/360, NE/45, 90/E, 135/SE, 180/S, SW/225, W/270, NW/315" On dial, 0 - 70's in 10's, "KNOTS WIND SPEED / STOCK No 6660' - 66-118-7294 / PATON ELECTRICAL SYDNEY"