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Accession # SRM1979-153

Binnacle

19th century


A binnacle is the brass housing that protects the compass on a ship. It usually has a candle holder to help read the compass at night. The compass was held into place by wooden pins instead of iron nails, because iron could cause the compass to be misread or create a magnetic deviation.




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