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Early mariner's compass, 1770-80 (wood & metal)

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Early mariner's compass, 1770-80 (wood & metal)
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Roux, Joseph (1725-93) / French
Science Museum, London, UK
wood and metal
1770 AD - 1780 AD (C18th AD)
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This type of compass was used in the Mediteranean during the 18th century. The bowl is made of wood and remnants of the gimbal rods can be seen. The 'lubber line' is painted on the inside of the bowl and the magnet is on the underside of the card. The letters on the points are the initial letters of the Italian names of the winds: Greco (NE), Sirocco (SE), Ostro (S), Libeccio (SW), Penete (W) and Maestro (NW).

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© Science and Society Picture Library / Bridgeman Images
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direction / sailing / scientific / navigational / magnetic compass / compass / sailor / mariner / instrument / navigation
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