Clear view screen

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Two clear view screens on the navigation bridge of a tugboat

A clear view screen or clearview screen is a glass disk mounted in a window that rotates to disperse rain, spray, and snow. A clear view screen is typically driven by an electric motor at the center of the disk, and is often heated to prevent condensation or icing. Many fishermen call them a "clear sight".

Clear view screens were originally developed in the mid-1930s for automobiles as a better option than standard windshield wipers[1] but were soon found more suitable for small boats and larger ships. On ships, a clear view screen is usually on the bridge and rotates at high speed (~1500 rpm). Clear view screens are also used in locomotives and rail transport.

A clear view screen was utilised in filming the storm sequence of the movie Ryan's Daughter.[2]

See also[edit]

  • Edgar de Normanville (1882-1968), developed the idea of a rotating disc to clear drops of water from a windscreen


  1. ^ Hearst Magazines (December 1934). "Revolving Disk on Windshield Keeps Off Sleet and Rain". Popular Mechanics. Hearst Magazines. p. 873.
  2. ^ Shooting the storm sequence through a clear view screen