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About the object

A binnacle compass by Kelvin Hughes ltd, circa 1958.

The binnacle is of the type originally designed by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin (1824-1907) comprising a wooden pedestal and a brass hood with an aperture and a removable light fitting. With a clinometer to the side of the pedestal and two soft iron spheres on brackets to counteract the effects of the ship's iron on the compass. Doors in the pedestal give access to the corrector magnets held inside. 

With dry card compass marked KELVIN & HUGHES - GLASGOW LONDON

Gimbal marked: Iver Weilbach & Co Kobenhavn

Henry Browne & Son ltd "Sestrel" clinometer.

For a similar binnacle see: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Object ID: TOA0087

 

Dimensions

Height: 148 cm.