Atmospheric Sea-sounding Instrument – Wigzell, London

Atmospheric Sea-sounding Instrument – Wigzell, London

Stock Number: NM.4-37

E 875,=

A remarkable sea-sounding instrument based on atmosheric pressure. Invented by Wigzell, London.


ca. 1900

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Maritime, Navigational instruments, Other Maritime Antiques


A remarkable sea-sounding instrument based on atmospheric pressure. Invented by Wigzell, London. The instrument is put away in a pine box with a fathom scale. On the lid an instruction sheet pasted to the inside.
The instrument exists of a clear tube mounted inside a brass housing. The housing is fixed on a lanyard. The top end of the lanyard will be fixed to a sling and with the lead on the other side it will be dropped into the water.
Pressure forces water into the tube depending on the the depth. Back on deck the water column indicates he depth to be read at the fathom scale.

Date: 1900-1940
HWL case: 5x66x8 cm   (2x26x3,1 in)
Origin: England
Condition: very good

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NL ARCHIPEL International Maritime Gallery

Welcome to the catalogue of Archipel International Maritime Gallery, specialist in nautical antiques and collectables.
Archipel International Maritime Galery in the Netherlands, sets itself to maritime objects, globes and sea charts of before 1900. The managing director worked as officer with the mercantile marine and the Royal Navy. As curator he was connected to one of the University Museums in the Netherlands. As seaman and curator he has a lot of knowledge of naval history. The entire Archipel collection can be found at the site

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