Terminology from the Age of Sail

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Binnacle: The housing of the ship's compass, gimbals and, in later times, a binnacle light. It was often a simple wooden box, sometimes mounted on a pedestal. The binnacle was normally placed near or in front of the helm. Earlier was also called bittacle. The binnacle shown below is of the pedestal type of around 1850. The compass could be viewed through the six angled glass 'windows'.
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