Glynne Pritchard kindly sent me these examples of some of the chits we used to use. Mine had gone the way of all flesh many years ago.

Noon chit. After calculating his position at noon, each mate would fill out his chit and submit it to the Master in his position of honour at the middle of the chart table. The Old Man would consider all the chits and then announce the official noon position. (Would you believe that it was always the same as HIS?) They would then calculate the course and distance run for the day. The third mate would calculate the current and the second mate would calculate the course and distance to go. The second mate would then fill out a chit showing the position, day's run and distance to the next port and take it down to the passenger's notice board on his way down to lunch.

Noon chit

The fourth mate was responsible for reading the draught on arriving in, and before leaving, port. So he was always first ashore and last aboard. He then had to inform various people. To simplify the procedure some of them prepared their own chits on the ship's antiquated copying machine. This example was made by Denis Gallagher on the Talthybius. In later life he kept the Blue Funnel legend alive by giving his ships Bluey names and painting them in Blue Flue livery. The 555 in the "Company" details is a joke reference to the principal means of exchange for many seamen in Indonesia at that time - State Express 555 cigarettes in airtight tins of 50.

Draught chit

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