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Definition of OFF required


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Calling all naval experts.

We often see a statement that "HMS XYZ was sunk off a lighthouse or town" for example.

Does anyone know the limit (in miles, say) of OFF when used in this context?

Anxiously awaiting your advice,

David

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Calling all naval experts.

We often see a statement that "HMS XYZ was sunk off a lighthouse or town" for example.

Does anyone know the limit (in miles, say) of OFF when used in this context?

Anxiously awaiting your advice,

David

I always assumed it meant "in sight of..." but I have been wrong before!

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I have always assumed it simply means abeam of a certain point or geographical position.

It is an imprecise statement that is not qualified by distance.

This certainly applies when used in aviation circles.

Cheers.

Thanks for your promt replies, pals

But how far would that be, assuming good visability?

Best wishes

David

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I have just recalled seeing a German propaganda newsreel clip of Hermann Goering on the coast of France looking thro' binoculars at the White Cliffs of Dover in 1940 just prior to his beloved Luftwaffe's abortive attempt to wipe out Fighter Command (apologies for the heresy of referring to WW2).

This would seem to indicate that the range of OFF might be taken as about 20 miles.

Best wishes

David

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To the Administrater/Moderators,

Why doesn't the the number posts increase each time a new one is made?

I'll never make Admiral at this rate!!!

Best wishes

David

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Ship-to-ship visibility is about 21 miles. From shore it increases, depending on your elevation. Then, of course, the smoke from coalburners was visible long before the masts. A large ship could conceivably be spotted 40 miles out, given CAVU.

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