Britton Chance developed his passion for scientific discovery and instrumentation on his family's yacht, Antares. In the 1930s, he built a device to detect deviations in a ship's course and automatically redirect it. Successful initial tests of the Chance Automatic Ship Steering Device, later given the friendlier name Herman, led to a contract with British General Electric, which allowed Chance to oversee the installation of his device on a cargo ship bound for Australia, the New Zealand Star. Chance's experience with the steering device had a lasting impact that would shape the trajectory of his career.
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