This is a
reproduction of the classic copper binnacle compass used on vessels for hundreds of years
and came into use soon after the compass was invented.
The Binnacle Compass was
usually located in back of the ship's wheel so the helmsman
could read the compass and navigate the ship in the desired
heading. All ships have a Binnacle Compass
at the helm station even to this present day. There was also a smaller Binnacle
compass on each lifeboat.
Our Solid Copper
Binnacle Compass is hand machined heavy gauge pure copper with
a gimbal compass rose inside. (Some models come with a
brass compass rose instead of copper). A small working
oil lamp enclosed in the attached box which lights the
compass for night navigation.
Due to the
quality and purity of the copper of this binnacle compass we
take the time to paint the inside of each unit white for
better light reflection. We also highly polish each unit and
lacquer coat the gimbal compass rose for a lasting shine.
Today GPS has replaced
manual compasses however many sailors still use a Binnacle
compass due to it's relative simplicity of use.
- 7 inches tall.