In 1820 Peter Barlow reported to the Admiralty that half the compasses in the British Navy were mere lumber and ought to be destroyed.
The binnacles or pedestals for compasses are generally constructed of wood about 45 in.
These degrees were, when necessary, repeated along the stem by the employment of a pair of compasses till 80 degrees were marked off.
Is so named from the alleged disturbance of the compasses of vessels passing within its sphere of influence.
I'm going to pick up more compasses from Tamer, Gabe said.
Again, it appears that compasses of a primitive description, which can hardly be supposed to have been brought from Europe, were employed in the East Indies certainly as early as several years previous to the close of the 16th century.
Landon, start taking accountability of dealers and compasses throughout the day.
All compasses are fitted with a gimbal ring to keep the bowl and card level under every circumstance of a ship's motion in a seaway, the ring being connected with the binnacle or pedestal by means of journals or knife edges.
Standing behind him Starbuck looked, and lo! the two compasses pointed East, and the Pequod was as infallibly going West.
After that they took his right hand, placed it on something, and told him to hold a pair of compasses to his left breast with the other hand and to repeat after someone who read aloud an oath of fidelity to the laws of the Order.