Warleigh Spotting Table

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The Warleigh Spotting Table was a British training aid designed to permit the training of Spotting Officers. It was invented by Percival Henry Warleigh in the early or mid-1910s.[1]

It was supplied to the Fleet with instructions for its use, which was to be offered frequently.[2]

A training session involved the spotting man to be tested sitting from a fixed vantage point to observe model ships on a model seascape. Tufts of cotton could be popped up through the "sea" to simulate the fall of shot, and the man being tested would have to call out corrections for the next salvo.

It is hinted that additional accessories permitted night firings to be simulated. Perhaps these were screens of tinted or smoked glass and lights, as used in the Torpedo Attack Table.

See Also


  1. Warleigh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/334. f. 369.
  2. Manual of Gunnery (Volume III) for His Majesty's Fleet, 1915. p. 147.


  • Admiralty, Gunnery Branch (1915). Manual of Gunnery (Volume III) for His Majesty's Fleet, 1915. (G. 26430/15) Copy No. 42 is Ja. 254 at Admiralty Library.