WHAT IS A BINNACLE?

This explanation comes from an old U. S. Navy Manual

The "binnacle" is the stand provided for mounting the magnetic compass. The U. S. Navy type in general use is a non-magnetic casting about 3 1/2 feet high, consisting of a circular base, a pedestal, a magnet compartment, and a compass chamber. Fitted to the binnacle, if not actually cast en bloc with it, are brackets for the Finders bar holder, and a pair of projecting arms for supporting the quadrantal spheres. The magnets, Finders bar, and spheres are used in compensating the compass.

Information provided courtesy of Antiques of the Sea, Sunset Beach, CA

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